THE BATTLE OF THE POTATOES
Ever wonder why sweet potatoes are deemed "healthier" than regular potatoes and if this is indeed true? Find out why they both deserve a place in our daily nutrition
GLYCEMIC INDEX & LOAD: When comparing the GI & GL of the two, white potatoes are higher, which means they digest quickly and can send insulin levels skyrocketing. -
(GI is a measure of how quickly a food converts to glucose.
GL is a measure of how much a food converts to glucose.) -
This is one of the main reasons why we are told to avoid food high in GI such as white potatoes. However GI & GL shouldn't be the deciding factor when judging the “healthiness” of the two, because:
GI changes with food type (floury vs. waxy potatoes).
GI changes when other foods are introduced. (We usually eat both potatoes & sweet potatoes as part of meals.)
GI changes with food preparation. (Boiling = a lower GI, since starch can bind with water. The dry heat of baking, = lowers moisture and concentrates sugars. Cutting up potatoes and sweet potatoes helps preserve their starchiness, while cooking them whole results in more sugariness.)
SUGAR: Naturally, sweet potatoes have 7 x the sugar content of regular potatoes, which is why I personally love sweet potatoes more.
VITAMINS & MINERALS: In general, both are roughly similar in their vitamin and mineral content. Sweet potatoes are richer in Vitamin A & Beta-carotene, aiding growth and repair of the body’s tissues, muscles. While potatoes contain more than 3x the folate and have more potassium, which is important for postworkout recovery!
In conclusion, it's a TIE! Overall, they're pretty evenly matched: both contain strikingly similar amounts of calories, protein, carbs and fat. Both white and sweet potatoes, when eaten as part of a balanced and intentional diet, provide an amazing variety of nutrients while keeping us full and energized.
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