Which is better, sweet potatoes or white potatoes?
The honest answer is they are both delicious and nutritious. There is certainly room for all types of potatoes in a healthy diet. Potatoes of all kinds can be prepared simply and in a wide variety of ways. They both provide nutrients that are important for good health and they taste great when mixed together in recipes. Here is a snapshot of what white and sweet potatoes have to offer.
|White Potatoes*||Sweet Potatoes*|
|Fiber (if skin is eaten)||3 grams||7 grams|
|Protein||3 grams||4 grams|
|Carbohydrate||30 grams||41.4 grams|
|Fat||Less than 1 gram||Less than 1 gram|
|Sugar||2 grams||12 grams|
|Vitamins||29% of your daily vitamin C needs||65% of your daily vitamin C needs
More than 100% of your daily vitamin A needs
|Minerals||21% of your daily Potassium needs
13% of your daily Manganese needs
|27% of your daily Potassium needs
50% of your daily Manganese needs
*Information based on a one-cup serving including potato skin
Potatoes are delicious, nutritious and low cost. The healthiest potato recipes don’t add a lot of fat and calories. Here are a few from our website that I particularly enjoy.
- Healthy Hash Browns – a healthy twist on an old favorite.
- Sweet Potato Fries – this recipe works with sweet or white potatoes and tastes great when you mix the two together.
- Best Baked Potatoes – this method works well for both sweet and white potatoes.
- Mashed Sweet Potatoes – plan to include these on your holiday table.
Add some potatoes to your grocery list today!