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The Potato Debate

Posted: September 22, 2020

Sweet potatoes vs. potatoes: A nutritional debate fueled by misinformation, baseless ‘superfood’ obsessions, and carbohydrate phobias. Here’s how these tubers compare — and why both deserve a place in your diet.

A few years back, some nutrition enthusiasts decided to figure out whether white or sweet potatoes were “healthier”.  One group compared the glycemic index and load of sweet potatoes vs. potatoes. They suggested that since white potatoes tend to be higher, they should be avoided.  Another group suggested that sweet potatoes are a vitamin A ‘superfood’, putting them way ahead of their white potato competitors.  And, of course, the carbophobes had their own take: All potatoes should be avoided because they’re too high in carbs and all those carbs will mess with your insulin regulation and cause fat gain.

Nonsense, all of it.

Both white and sweet potatoes, when eaten as part of a balanced and intentional diet, provide a fantastic array of nutrients while contributing to the satiety and deliciousness of any meal.  Whether it’s a regular potato or a sweet potato, it’s still better than potato chips.

 

Adapted from Precision Nutrition.  For more information and an infographic about the above information or about the Precision Nutrition Program, contact our resident nutrition coach Mike Hannegan at mike@competeperformance.com