Coach G’s Nutrition Corner: White Potato Vs. Sweet Potato…

Coach G’s Nutrition Corner: White Potato Vs. Sweet Potato…

By: Garrett Rolsma

 

White Potato Vs. Sweet Potato…

                First of all, these two “potatoes” aren’t even in the same family. White potatoes are in the highly controversial “nightshade” family like tomatoes, red and green peppers, and eggplant. Sweet potatoes are in the morning glory family and are unique because of their nutritious leaves, unlike the nightshade family with their poisonous leaves. When looking at nutritional value of a medium sized baked, sweet potatoes are lower in calories, protein, and carbohydrates. Both pack a minimal amount of fat, pretty much zero, and around the same amount of fiber, at approximately four grams. Where sweet potatoes stand out, Vitamin A. Sweet potatoes pack over 400% of your daily recommended intake of this fat-soluble vitamin important for eye, skin, and immune health. When looking at the glycemic load, or how each variety will impact blood sugar and appetite spikes, they share a similar range on this scale. Both options fall in the middle-high range, with white potatoes being the higher of the two. Now what does this mean? Basically, the properties in a white potato will create a larger spike in your blood sugar, something that some people need to be aware of. Like all foods, variety is the spice of life. I challenge everyone to try to eat a wide range of foods. Take this information and use it to justify “why” you choose a specific potato for your next meal.

-Coach G

 

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