Which are Healthier? White vs. Sweet Potatoes

There are many different types of potatoes offered today and they come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. Potatoes offer an array of nutrients at an affordable price. Both white and sweet potatoes are naturally low in fat and sodium and are a good source of fiber, with about 4 grams per cup, according to the USDA’s National Nutrient Database. However, most consumers are still wondering, which is better for you? And the answer is, both! White potatoes are loaded with vitamin C, potassium, and almost double the folate (B-vitamin) of the sweet potatoes. However, sweet potatoes are full of beta-carotene (vitamin A), which is what gives them their beautifully orange color. Sweet potatoes have also been shown to be better when it comes to blood sugar control, because they do not raise insulin and blood sugar as high as white potatoes. Take home message: Choose both sweet and white potatoes in moderation to get a variety of nutrients at a low cost.