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White Potatoes vs. Sweet Potatoes: Which Are Healthier?

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This Super Spud Knockout pits white potatoes against sweet potatoes. Each contender is a super source of fiber, which helps prevent colorectal cancer and digestive problems. Each packs a powerful nutritional punch. Can you guess the digestive health champ?

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  • http://twitter.com/sibhuskylover Sandra K. Boggs

    If I have an autoimmune disease, are sweet potatoes still better for me?

    • Health Hub Team

      There are more than 80 different autoimmune conditions. If your condition affects your digestive tract, then the additional fiber in sweet potatoes may be difficult to digest. For questions about individual dietary recommendations, it is best to speak with a registered dietitian familiar with your health history.
      Sincerely,
      Lindsay Malone, RD, LD

    • John

      Recent research in to vitamin A has shown it could be very beneficial for IBD

  • Landon Solomon

    This study mentions nothing about Solanine… Is chemical a non issue or is it simply something left out of the conversation?

  • AudreyA

    According to other sources, yams sold in the U.S. are sweet potatoes. True yams are (according to the web) dark colored (grey or black). If that’s true, maybe you need to modify your otherwise excellent post here, if you want to increase consumption of sweet potatoes/yams.

    • Karon Reiter

      What we eat here in the US are sweet potatoes mislabeled by the USFDA as Yams, whether they’re yellow of orange. In order to purchase real yams you would have to go to an international market and they don’t look anything like sweet potatoes.

      • 101

        It doesn’t matter if it’s a Sweet Potato or White Potato if it’s in America it’s getting deep fried XD

  • Jimbo99

    Based on the numbers, this is nutritional value. The white potato beats a sweet potato. Source of Fiber & protein, this is a push with 6g of each, only the white potato is balanced between each feature. For vitamin A the sweet potato is the clear winner, but don’t be impressed by 22,000 iu, because To convert 4000 iu of vitamin D to mg’s 1000 iu = 25 micrograms, so 4000 iu = 100 micrograms. One needs 600 ug as adaily requirement. I eat dark leafy greens or carrots instead, or how about a multivitamin ?

    More calories 130 vs 90, 40 more isn’t a deal killer. White potato has more carbs and fewer g’s of sugar. Whatever disadvantages a white potato has, eat a smaller potato ?

  • seamo

    What could you eat that has the same nutritional value as sweet potatoes?

  • Harper33

    white potatoes are demonized these days. People order sweet potato fries over white potato fries because they are “healthier” when in reality they are both fries! Health is about eating a variety of different foods to get a variety of different nutrients. So eat both white & sweet !

  • Karon Reiter

    I also read that white potatoes have more toxins than sweet potatoes; that sweet potatoes also have a lower glycemic index than white potatoes but only if they’re boiled. Since most people love ‘em baked, they’re pretty much up there in spiking your blood sugar. In other words, the glycemic index and the glycemic load increases dramatically whenever you bake a potato.