Potatoes vs. Sweet Potatoes: Nutritional Showdown

March 6, 2019
Nutrition

We find that many people opt for sweet potatoes instead of the traditional counterpart, the regular potato, due to the โ€œbetter for youโ€ ideal that has been placed on these sweet potatoes.

๐‹๐ž๐ญโ€™๐ฌ ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ฉ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฆ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฌ๐ž๐ž ๐ข๐Ÿ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฒ ๐ญ๐ซ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ฆ๐จ๐ซ๐ž ๐ง๐ฎ๐ญ๐ซ๐ข๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ฎ๐ฌ:

๐Œ๐ž๐๐ข๐ฎ๐ฆ ๐›๐š๐ค๐ž๐ ๐ฉ๐จ๐ญ๐š๐ญ๐จ: higher in protein, vitamin B6, folate, vitamin B3, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, iron and copper

๐Œ๐ž๐๐ข๐ฎ๐ฆ ๐›๐š๐ค๐ž๐ ๐ฌ๐ฐ๐ž๐ž๐ญ ๐ฉ๐จ๐ญ๐š๐ญ๐จ: 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!

๐๐จ๐ญ๐ญ๐จ๐ฆ ๐ฅ๐ข๐ง๐ž: Include both potatoes and sweet potatoes as part of a balanced diet (choosing boiled, roasted, BBQโ€™d or baked more often than fried or double baked) while pairing them with a source of lean protein and fruit or vegetables.

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