Those Sweet, Sweet Potatoes


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A few days ago, Mr. Chamberlain  asked us about sweet potatoes and I decided to do a comparison post between potatoes and sweet potatoes to help him out.

The sweet potato stands up to its name, with about 5 times more sugar then the normal potato.

One medium sweet potato has 9 grams of sugar in it, while a medium normal  potato has only 2 grams of sugar.

If you are trying to watch your sugar, which one would you chose: The sweet potato or a regular potato?




By: Andy B.

One comment

  1. Steve Ransom

    Andy, I’m wondering if it is as simple as that. What happens to the starch in the potato when your system metabolizes it? Also, it seems as though the health benefits of the white potato are mitigated by the typical condiments that many smother on top – butter, sour cream, cheese, bacon bits,… Also, I think sweet potatoes have a lower glycemic index, meaning they do not cause the same quick spike in blood sugar the way white potatoes do – which is good for diabetics.

    I’d be interested to know, in a head-to-head nutritional comparison between the sweet and the white potato, which is actually “healthier”.

    Love your blog here!