"Longevity Vegetable" Turns Out to Be Sweet Potato Leaves – Good for the Eyes, Digestion, and Blood Pressure. A Must-Eat for Middle-aged and Elderly People!

Release time:2023-08-04 17:44

"Longevity Vegetable" Turns Out to Be Sweet Potato Leaves – Good for the Eyes, Digestion, and Blood Pressure. A Must-Eat for Middle-aged and Elderly People!

Introduction: It's a natural "longevity vegetable" that benefits the eyes, aids digestion, and controls blood pressure. Middle-aged and elderly individuals are recommended to include it regularly in their diet, especially since it's currently in season!

With the improvement in people's economic standards, dietary habits have also become more refined. However, many nutritious vegetable treasures from the past have gradually been forgotten by the younger generation, such as sweet potato leaves, water spinach, and shepherd's purse. In the past, during times of extreme food scarcity, sweet potato leaves were used to alleviate hunger, but later on, they were fed to pigs and cattle. Nevertheless, in rural areas, some elderly people still maintain the good habit of eating sweet potato leaves. Despite their advanced age, their bodies remain robust, and they can run, jump, and even do farm work, making urbanites envious!

Sweet potato leaves, also known as red potato leaves or yam leaves, may be called differently depending on the region. They belong to a highly nutritious category of green vegetables, with a tender and refreshing taste. They contain a wealth of dietary fiber and essential vitamins that the human body needs. Particularly for middle-aged and elderly individuals, regular consumption of sweet potato leaves brings significant health benefits. This vegetable holds much higher nutritional value compared to ordinary greens and is dubbed the natural "longevity vegetable," providing benefits for digestion, eyesight, and blood pressure regulation.

During July and August, sweet potato leaves are at their most tender stage, making it the perfect time to savor them! Below, Chef Cai Cai shares a simple and nutritious home-cooked recipe for sweet potato leaves – a dish that is even more delicious than fish or meat! If you like, let's take a look at how it's done together!

Chef Cai Cai's Tip: Regarding sweet potato leaves, there are some related considerations. I've included them at the end of the article, so be sure to pay attention before indulging in sweet potato leaves.

[Sauteed Garlic Sweet Potato Leaves]

Ingredients: One bunch of sweet potato leaves, five cloves of garlic, one small red chili, one tablespoon of lard, one teaspoon of salt.


Step 1: Take a fresh bunch of sweet potato leaves and pick the tender parts. Soak them in rice water, adding half a teaspoon of salt, and let them sit for 15 minutes before rinsing thoroughly.

Step 2: Finely chop the five cloves of garlic and the red chili and set aside. (Note: The red chili adds color, garnish, and a touch of spiciness. If you don't like spicy food, you can omit it.)

Step 3: Bring water to a boil and blanch the washed sweet potato leaves for 10 seconds. Quickly remove them from the heat and drain the water. (Blanching the leaves helps remove oxalic acid and any agricultural residues, making them safer to eat.)

Step 4: Immediately add a tablespoon of lard to the wok, followed by the chopped garlic and red chili. Sauté over low heat until fragrant.

Step 5: Add the sweet potato leaves to the wok and stir-fry over high heat for around 10 seconds. Then add half a teaspoon of salt and stir-fry for another two seconds before removing from heat and serving.

[Chef Cai Cai's Warm Reminder]

What foods should not be eaten with sweet potato leaves?

Sweet potato leaves should not be eaten together with persimmons as it may cause excess gastric acid or even the formation of stones. Sweet potato leaves are not recommended to be consumed in large quantities with crabs, as it may lead to diarrhea or other discomforts.

Who should avoid eating sweet potato leaves?

Friends with acute gastrointestinal problems should refrain from eating sweet potato leaves. Also, individuals prone to allergies to sweet potato leaves should avoid consumption to prevent adverse allergic reactions.

Above is the recommended delicious recipe for sweet potato leaves. Do you enjoy eating sweet potato leaves? If you know of any other benefits associated with consuming sweet potato leaves, feel free to leave your comments or messages below. During the hot weather, middle-aged and elderly friends, treat yourself to a plate of sweet potato leaves from time to time to stay comfortable and relaxed during the scorching summer!