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When asked about sweet potato French Fries not being healthier than regular French Fries some are a little confused and I want to generate some points to make this abundantly clear.

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For years and years and years, white potatoes have been demonized as "bad" or "worse" than (YAMS) sweet potatoes. The reasons vary but mainly have to do with one of two [misinformed] points.

Vitamin and Mineral Content - for some reason people think sweet potatoes have more/better nutrients. But, as you can see in this picture, that's not the case. They both have a bunch of important nutrients and what one lacks, the other one makes up for.

The Glycemic Index (GI) - long story short, people have been led to believe white potatoes GI is worse for you because it's higher and therefore spikes blood sugar more. But under that logic watermelon would be terrible for you as well because watermelons GI is incredibly high, too. Fact is, the GI of a food doesn't tell us how "bad" it is for you. It just tells us how quickly that food can raise blood sugar. That's it. And there's A LOT more to health (calorie content, nutrient makeup, etc) than that.

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✅The take-home point here is white potatoes are NOT worse for you than sweet potatoes. They both have pros and cons and, truthfully, you'll probably be healthier incorporating both into your diet rather than either one alone.


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