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Baked VS Sweet Potatoes

Friday, February 13, 2015

Regular potatoes have a very high glycemic load. Are sweet potatoes a healthier alternative?

Yes---but that doesn't mean you need to abandon regular potatoes. High-glycemic foods contain lots of easily digested carbohydrates that can rapidly raise blood sugar; some evidence suggests that a high-glycemic diet may increase the risk of heart disease and diabetes. A regular potato's glycemic load is very high, while a sweet potato's is roughly average. Moreover, sweet potatoes are higher in fiber and most nutrients than regular potatoes. Still, the regular kind of potato can add variety to your diet, as well as more folate than a sweet potato and moderate amounts of several other nutrients. So an occasional baked potato can still be a good nutritional choice, especially if the rest of your diet contains relatively few high-glycemic foods, notably sugar and refined flour.

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