The is a great debate for me. I have been a little confused over the past few years with lots of information in the media and from fitness experts as to why we should be eating more sweet potatoes. At times I felt a slightly bombarded with all kinds of information.
I remember as a child I ate regular white potatoes most days, my parents would order a brown sack and these would last us a few weeks. We ate regular potatoes with almost every meal, ranging from chips, potato salad, jacket potato, cottage pie, cheese and potato bake and there are probably many more. It wasn’t until I hit my early twenties that I tasted sweet potato. I’m not sure that my first experience of tasting it was very successful, I was a little confused by the texture and taste and wasn’t sure how to serve it or what to serve it with!
Many years later this sweet potato has acquired the super food status by healthy eaters and by regular exercises, WHY?
This was something I was really interested in and started to research this a little more. Potatoes are the fourth most consumed food in the world and originated in South America. So why are these so popular?
Sweet potatoes are amongst the richest source of beta carotene, a nutrient your body converts to vitamin A after consumption. This is the reason why healthy eaters are choosing the sweet potato over a regular potato, as vitamin A is beneficial for your vision, immune system and the health of your skin. Also sweet potatoes have a higher potassium level, more vitamin C and fewer calories then regular white potatoes.
Regular white potatoes are also beneficial to our health as they are higher in essential minerals, such as iron, magnesium and are also a great source of potassium. Potatoes have twice as much potassium as a banana.
Both potatoes are a good source of fibre, which helps prevent bowel cancer and digestive problems. They keep you regular and leave you feeling full between meals, they are a fabulous source of nutrients especially if you eat the skins.
After looking at both of these potatoes, their nutritional content and the way I eat mine, I think that I will continue to eat both of these potatoes as they both provide nutrients and are a great part of my every day healthy lifestyle.