A lot of us are trying to make swaps in our meals to help make things a little more healthful. Greek yoghurt is an excellent substitute for sour cream on taco night for instance, and ditching tonic for soda in your gin isn’t that bad ... apparently.
One such swap we’re also used to is ordering sweet potato fries in lieu of regular fries when dining out. Presumably richer in nutrients, sweet potatoes are thought to be the better-for-you version of the versatile root veggie. But it turns out this might not be the healthy switch we had hoped.
A post shared on Instagram has revealed that when it comes to sweet potato versus regular potato fries, they are much of a muchness.
140 Calories vs 120 Calories ????SWEET POTATO vs POTATO FRIES???? Did you know sweet potato chips actually have MORE calories per 100 grams compared to regular potatoes chips! ? Sweet potatoes have become the 'healthy' choice these days.. due to their GI value but, the thing is, that BOTH sweet potatoes and potatoes have nutritional benefits in their own right. Where you have more potassium in potatoes, sweet potatoes have more Vitamin A. Sweet potato has more Fiber but White potatoes have more Iron.. The list goes continues! ? At the end of the day, neither are really 'better' than the next as they both have nutritional value and you are pretty safe with either, especially home cooked???? Happy Weekend ?? Francesca x ? Ps which is your favourite?????????
While both sweet and regular potato fries contain a similar amount of protein per serve, sweet potato fries have slightly more calories and fat, while regular fries are higher in carbohydrates.
White potatoes tend to be higher in iron, potassium, and vitamin C – while sweet potatoes tend to have more fiber, calcium, and vitamin A.
While we could say that sweet potatoes aren’t as healthy as we thought, you could also go the other way and say that perhaps we should give the humble white potato a bit more credit.
After all, without the regular potato fry, this mind-boggling dessert wouldn’t exist.
Recovering caffeine-addict and serial bruncher Eliza Murray feels most at home typing away in a cozy cafe with her re-mortgaged avocado toast nearby. When she isn't reporting on the latest Instagram-shattering glittery food trends, she can be found experimenting with new gin garnishes (hello strawberries!) or biting into an entire wheel of brie (no shame). She tweets @theothereliza