Sweet🆚️White Potato by @thehealthylabel
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Have you ever been told that sweet potatoes are better for you than white potatoes? 🍠🥔 Until recently, I believed this too! It’s a common myth that has travelled around over the past few years. To address this, I’ve put together a quick breakdown on the differences and similarities ☺️ read below.
Sweet potato 🍠⠀
• Member of ta different family (not a close relative to regular potatoes)⠀
✅ Better source of vitamin C than white potatoes⠀
✅ Much better source of vitamin A (one cup of SP meets over 100% of your daily vitamin A requirement)⠀
✅ Slightly better source of fiber when compared by 100g
White potatoes 🥔⠀
✅ Better source of iron and potassium than SP⠀
✅ Better source of folate⠀
✅ Higher in resistant starch, especially when cooked and cooled (a type of carbohydrate that promotes gut health and blood sugar control)
✅ Affordable, quality sources of carbohydrates⠀
✅ Very similar in energy & macro composition⠀
✅ You can absolutely eat and enjoy both as part of a balanced diet
✅ Extra note: both of them have a similar glycemic index and load depending on the cooking method. –
White potatoes have been demonized due to the belief that they can inherently cause weight gain. The truth is that it’s the cooking process and ingredients that are often added that can cause potatoes to become energy dense (eg. deep frying and processing into potato chips). Ideally, use cooking methods such as baking, boiling and steaming if you want to avoid this.
🔑 Take home message:⠀
Both of these types of potatoes are affordable, satisfying and healthy additions to your plate — and variety is key as part of a balanced diet.
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