Sunday, August 16, 2015
Sweet Potatoes Combat Vitamin A Deficiency, Leading Cause of Blindness
"Vitamin A deficiency is the leading cause of preventable blindness in children. It also increases the risk of disease and death from severe infections, according to the World Health Organization. About 250 million preschool children across the world are vitamin A deficient. Many of these live in Africa and South-Eastern Asia," notes Medical News Today. "Fortunately, vitamin deficiency is preventable....Bio-fortification of sweet potatoes is a promising method to combat vitamin A deficiency in South Africa. The orange-fleshed vegetable already contains high levels of beta-carotene, which our bodies convert to vitamin A. Sweet potatoes are also a staple in the South African diet." Read more.