Ever wonder whether you should put down that baking potato in favor of its brightly colored cousin, the sweet potato? Is there really a big difference in their health benefits? Wonder no more! We’ve broken out the health benefits of both varieties in a handy printable ready to download. We’ve compared and contrasted the amounts of fiber, carbs, sugar, and more.
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The printable also offers tips on how you can enjoy both varieties while keeping your spud of choice healthy and flavorful, such as:
Eat the skin. Fiber is found in both the skin and the pulp of potatoes. Insoluble fiber in the skin provides roughage to help you feel full and satisfied. Soluble fiber in the pulp may help lower cholesterol.
Watch your toppings. Instead of loaded and smothered with butter and sour cream, trying topping baked potatoes with low-fat cheese and chopped green onions or chives for an added dose of calcium. Sweet potatoes are naturally sweet, so enjoy them plain or add a sprinkle of antioxidant-rich cinnamon.
Check out the printable for the full details!
– By Jessica Cox, RD, and Ashley Leath