Sweet potato are a healthier option… right? 🍟
There’s a common misconception that ‘normal’ white potatoes are bad, and unhealthy whilst sweet potatoes are the ‘good’, healthy option.
As a result I often hear clients saying they’ve gone for the ‘healthy’ option of sweet potato fries instead of normal potato fries and the assumption is that they’re lower calorie.
In reality both types of potato have lots of health benefits. White potatoes are high in vitamin C, B6, potassium and fibre, whilst sweet potatoes have all that and high levels of beta-carotene (which converts to vitamin A) but they have lower levels of protein and more sugar than white potatoes. Whilst raw sweet potatoes are lower GI (i.e. less likely to cause a rapid rise in blood glucose) baked sweet potatoes actually have a higher GI than baked white potatoes, so it’s not quite as simple as we may think.
Both types of potato have nutritional benefits and both are great foods to include in your diet, but if you’re watching your calorie intake and choosing sweet potato fries because you believe them to be a lower calorie option then think again. This example is from a high street restaurant (Bills) and demonstrates what a difference there is between the two.
When it comes to calories and fat normal fries are actually the better option … but frankly both are still fried in oil so neither is a particularly low calorie or ‘healthy’ choice per se so just have whichever you prefer! 🤗🍠🥔🍟