We find that many people opt for sweet potatoes instead of the traditional counterpart, the regular potato, due to the “better for you” ideal that has been placed on these sweet potatoes.
𝐋𝐞𝐭’𝐬 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐦 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐬𝐞𝐞 𝐢𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐲 𝐭𝐫𝐮𝐥𝐲 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐞 𝐧𝐮𝐭𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐮𝐬:
𝐌𝐞𝐝𝐢𝐮𝐦 𝐛𝐚𝐤𝐞𝐝 𝐩𝐨𝐭𝐚𝐭𝐨: higher in protein, vitamin B6, folate, vitamin B3, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, iron and copper
𝐌𝐞𝐝𝐢𝐮𝐦 𝐛𝐚𝐤𝐞𝐝 𝐬𝐰𝐞𝐞𝐭 𝐩𝐨𝐭𝐚𝐭𝐨: lower in calories and carbohydrates. Higher in vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B5 and manganese.
In addition to these similar nutrition profiles, both potatoes and sweet potatoes can fall within the medium-high range of the glycemic index, depending on how they are cooked. The glycemic index is an indicator of how quickly a carbohydrate-rich food will raise blood sugars after consuming it.
Benefits of both of these root vegetables: provide options for carbohydrate sources, help individuals feel satisfied and full, provide a source of energy and allow you to enjoy a side of fries or sweet potato fries every once in a while when out with family or friends!
𝐁𝐨𝐭𝐭𝐨𝐦 𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐞: Include both potatoes and sweet potatoes as part of a balanced diet (choosing boiled, roasted, BBQ’d or baked more often than fried or double baked) while pairing them with a source of lean protein and fruit or vegetables.