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Sweet potatoes seem to be more popular these days than regular potatoes.

Are regular potatoes really worse choice nutritionally than their sweet counterpart?

Sweet and regular potatoes are both tuberous root vegetables, but they look and taste different. Did you know that they actually come from separate plant families? Sweet potatoes are from the morning glory family, and regular potatoes are nightshades like tomato and eggplants!

They have very similar amounts of calories, fiber, protein, and carbohydrates, but white potatoes provide more potassium, whereas sweet potatoes are very high in vitamin A. Sweet potatoes are higher in natural sugar while regular potatoes are higher in starch. They both are rich in vitamins B6 and C.

Different types of potatoes differ in their glycemic index (GI), which is a measure of how a certain food affects your blood sugar. The effect that eating potato has on your blood sugar, varies among different types of both sweet and regular potatoes, as well as the cooking method. In general, sweet potatoes have a lower GI than regular potatoes.

Both of them have their pros and cons, but they both can be a part of a healthy diet, depending on how you prepare them, what do you combine them with and how much you eat them. Eat them boiled, steamed, roasted or baked and avoid them in any fried or processed form.

And for sure try our famous Sweet Potato Waffle at Motion Cafe. Shall we notice you it’s addictive? 


by Suvi

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