The Reasons Why I Started Replacing Rice with Sweet Potatoes

in hive-120078 •  2 years ago 


For the people of Indonesia, rice means everything. But unfortunately, it can be said that the number of diabetes in Indonesia is quite high and rice is not the right choice for consumption.

I realize that I'm in a family prone to diabetes. Then I decided to start replacing rice with sweet potatoes.


It felt really bad at first. The sweet taste of sweet potatoes is indeed strange when combined with other food ingredients.



But I know I will get used to it later if I keep trying my best.


This is my serving plate, steamed sweet potatoes, with sauteed mustard greens, and a duck egg.


Sweet potatoes have a lower glycemic index than rice, but note not to serve them by baking.

Sweet potatoes are vegetables that are high in fiber so it is good for digestion.


Sweet potatoes contain high carbohydrates, fiber, calcium, magnesium, manganese, potassium, vitamins C, B and B6 so that it is effective in increasing metabolism. Also low in calories.

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  ·  2 years ago (edited)

Your meal looks delicious, and indeed, potatoes are great food!

However, isn't it the sweets that cause diabetes in Indonesia, rather than rice? I always notice for example, how much sugar many Indonesian people add to their tea! And how much they love sweets in general! :)
I would assume that as long as one doesn't eat toooo much of it, rice is still 'OK' (just imagine since how many years Asian people are eating rice, and that just in the last 10 or 20 years the diabetes problem arose ... due to a general oversupply of food, sweets and lack of physical exercise).

Indonesian people like a lot of sweet things, and it's compounded by eating a lot of rice.

Yeah maybe for next time I still eat rice but just a couple time in a week, not often. :) Or eat red/brown rice is great option too

Yes it is important to reduce the use of sugar in tea and cooking.

thanks for sharing informative food post

Thanks for sharing your experience with us!

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In Vietnam, the locals eat sweet potatoes too and tapioca to replace rice or rice noodles.
It's much more affordable too. More like a staple food.

whenever I stop eating rice/potatoes bread, .. my weight just falls away, .. as an alternative to rice have you tried cauliflower rice? ... very low on the GI and a good substitute for anyone looking for a practical alternative.