Is Sweet Potato A Healthier Alternative?
Monday, 24 February 2014
Sweet potatoes have been growing in popularity over the past five years, and now, virtually every restaurant menu offers them as an alternative to regular French fries. But finding a baked sweet potato alongside a white baked potato hasn’t happened quite yet. Maybe someday soon.
Many are concerned about the carbs in white potatoes versus the carbs in sweet potatoes, but carbs shouldn’t be the only consideration. Sugar content and how the potato impacts the body’s glycemic levels, or how it raises or stabilizes blood sugar levels, are also important.
A comparison between sweet potato nutrition facts and white potato nutrition facts places the sweet potato in a slightly better position. But only by a bit. Let’s have a look at why and what the facts are.
First, when talking sweet potatoes, it’s important to distinguish between the vegetable and its cousin, the yam, which is from a different plant family altogether. So they are not the same. Yams have a lower nutritional profile, so be sure to pick the right food.