Low Carbohydrate Diet Debate: Sweet Potato vs. White Potato
White potatoes have long been vilified as evil diet killers but nothing could be further from the truth. Sweet potatoes on the other hand have been sought after as a miracle low carb diet food, this is closer to the truth. Both forms of potato can and should be used as part of a healthy and low carb diet. White potatoes and sweet potatoes contain roughly the same amount of carbs for an average size potato, 27 grams. 27 grams of carbs in and out of itself is not a lot, but you have to look at the big picture. If the rest of your daily diet contains a lot of carbs then limiting your carbs is necessary and maybe cutting out both types of potato is an option. If your carbs are under control and you’re eating healthy and limiting them then both white and sweet potatoes are a good choice. Sweet potatoes are higher in fiber and vitamins A and C than white potatoes while white potatoes are higher in iron, magnesium, and potassium. When served plain a white potato is around 120 calories while a sweet potato is around 100 calories and both types contain a miniscule .2 grams of fat.
It all comes down to preparation with potatoes. If your white potato intake is only made up of french fries and potato chips then you’re in trouble. The same hold true with sweet potatoes covered in brown sugar and marshmallows, though delicious, not exactly ideal for health. You can’t go wrong when picking between sweet potatoes and white potatoes, just don’t go wrong with how you prepare and consume them.