Sweet Potatoes

Written by Veronica Yoo

A Golden Treasure for Weight Loss During Menopause

Menopause is a natural transition in a woman’s life, marked by hormonal changes that can have wide-ranging effects on the body. Weight gain is one common issue, and finding the right foods to help manage weight during this period is crucial. One such superfood that has garnered attention in the health community is the sweet potato.

The Nutritional Value of Sweet Potatoes

Rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals, sweet potatoes are not just tasty; they are a powerhouse of nutrition. Here’s what makes them an ideal choice for weight loss during menopause:

  1. High in Fiber: Sweet potatoes are rich in dietary fiber, which can help you feel fuller for longer, reducing unnecessary snacking and aiding in weight loss.
  2. Low Glycemic Index: Unlike other starchy vegetables, sweet potatoes have a low glycemic index (GI), meaning they release sugar slowly into the bloodstream. This helps in maintaining steady energy levels and curbing hunger.
  3. Rich in Vitamins: Packed with Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and various B vitamins, sweet potatoes can support the immune system, enhance mood, and balance hormonal fluctuations.
  4. Antioxidant Properties: The antioxidants in sweet potatoes, such as beta-carotene, may help combat oxidative stress, a factor that can contribute to weight gain during menopause.
  5. Heart Healthy: Their potassium content helps in maintaining healthy blood pressure levels, an aspect that can be challenging for many women during menopause.

Sweet Potatoes and Menopause

Menopause comes with unique challenges, such as hot flashes, mood swings, and sleep disturbances. The beneficial components of sweet potatoes can help alleviate some of these symptoms:

  • Mood Enhancement: The complex carbohydrates in sweet potatoes can boost serotonin levels, helping to improve mood.
  • Bone Health: Rich in magnesium and calcium, sweet potatoes support bone health, which can be a concern during menopause.
  • Metabolism Boost: The manganese in sweet potatoes aids in metabolism, helping in weight management.

A Delectable Recipe: Sweet Potato and Chickpea Salad

If you’re looking for a delicious way to incorporate sweet potatoes into your diet, try this simple and nutritious salad:


  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • Fresh parsley, chopped
  • Juice of 1 lemon


  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).
  2. In a bowl, mix the sweet potatoes with olive oil, cumin, paprika, salt, and pepper.
  3. Spread the sweet potatoes on a baking sheet and roast for 20-25 minutes until tender.
  4. In a large bowl, combine roasted sweet potatoes, chickpeas, red onion, parsley, and lemon juice.
  5. Toss well, adjust seasoning if needed, and serve chilled or at room temperature.


Sweet potatoes are not just a comforting food; they are a valuable addition to a menopause-friendly diet. With their multitude of health benefits, they can be a key ingredient in your journey towards weight loss and overall wellness during this important phase of life.

By incorporating sweet potatoes into your meals, you are not only enjoying a delightful taste but also embracing a healthy lifestyle that supports your body’s unique needs during menopause.

Veronica Yoo

Veronica is dedicated and experienced nutritionist and certified health coach who specializes in functional medicine, She's a published author, nutritional instructor, WBFF professional figure athlete, and both the brains and beauty behind all that Makeover Nutrition offers.

Veronica is also the President & CEO of a BC based health and wellness association; Pacific Alliance of Body Care.