Q: Are sweet potatoes better than white potatoes? I hear this quite often and am wondering if and why they are healthier.
A: Not necessarily. They can both be good for you, or considered “healthy”, but in different ways.
Sweet potatoes are higher in fiber and Vitamin A, while regular or white potatoes contain more Vitamin C and essential minerals like potassium.
This debate really stems from peoples misunderstanding of the role different foods play in the diet. Both the sweet and white potato can play an important role in a healthy balanced diet.
The reason white potatoes typically get a bad rap is because they’re a little higher up on the glycemic index scale.
But, if you put a little cheese or butter on your potato the fat will lower the GI, if that’s even a concern of yours.
Now, let’s take a nutritional look at sweet potatoes and white potatoes!
|Sweet Potatoes||vs.||White Potatoes|
|0 g||Fat||0.1 g|
|20 g||Carbs||16 g|
|3 g||Fiber||2.4 g|
|4.2 g||Sugar||1.2 g|
|1.6 g||Protein||1.7 g|
|55 mg||Sodium||16 mg|
|337 mg||Potassium||407 mg|
In short, if you love white potatoes don’t throw them out of your diet just because you heard they might make you fat.