Sweet potatoes are not potatoes. Period.
They are actually a completely different vegetable than regular potatoes.
It is true that they share a common potato name and that both of them have their place in a healthy diet, but these two foods offer different tastes and unique nutritional benefits.
Sweet potatoes are loaded with nutrients and have an impressive array of antioxidants. Sweet potatoes are also higher in fiber and they have a lower glycemic index which is important for diabetics and carbohydrate watchers.
Some of the health benefits of sweet potatoes include that they are:
● Very rich in Vitamin A (n the form of beta-carotene) and Vitamin C which are two powerful antioxidants that work in the body to remove chemicals that damage cells.
● They are good for stomach ulcers and flatulence and colon problems.
● They come loaded with potassium and so is a good remedy for people with high blood pressure.
● Because of its high fiber content, it fights against constipation and colon cancer
● They are a good food for people involved in heavy muscular work, and a great meal for athletes, since it is high in essential vitamins and minerals.
● Since it helps stabilize blood sugar levels and is considered as a medium glycemic index food, they are an excellent food for diabetic patients.
Let us go a bit deeper and compare the content of ingredients of the two potatoes:
One medium size raw white potato with skin provides: 220 calories, 5g protein, 51g carbohydrates, 20mg calcium, 115mg phosphorus, 2.8mg iron, 16mg sodium, 844mg potassium, 4g fiber, 0.22mg thiamin, 0.07mg riboflavin, 3.3mg niacin, and 16mg of vitamin C.
In contrast, one medium size raw sweet potato with skin provides: 208 calories, 3.5g protein, 38g carbohydrates, 56mg calcium, 110mg phosphorus, 1mg iron, 20mg sodium, 693mg potassium, 5g fiber, 14mg thiamin, 0.13mg riboflavin, 1.2mg niacin, and 49mg of vitamin C.
One difference not discussed above is that the glycemic index is quite different at 85 (high) for white potato and 54 (medium) for sweet potato, which, as discussed earlier, makes it perfect for diabetic people.
Boiled or cooked, enjoy sweet potatoes the way you like.