Why eating a sweet potato is more beneficial than a regular potato

It’s an age-old debate: the sweet vs. the regular potato. Which should you be eating for maximum health?

Well, in today’s article, we’ll look to the research and crown an undisputed champion.

Why’s there a debate in the first place?

In recent years, the sweet potato (but not the regular potato) has enjoyed “superfood” status among healthy eaters and regular exercisers.

Some researchers have suggested that potatoes might carry harmful anti-nutrients. Others that their glycemic index (GI) is too high. As a result, the humble spud has taken a mashing in the recent low-carb years.

But, here’s the thing. Both regular potatoes and sweet potatoes are healthy, awesome, and delicious heritage foods.

You can eat and enjoy both, regardless of your goals.

With that in mind, let’s dig up the truth about our tuberous friends.

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Watch for signals of sensitivities and intolerances.

If you suspect you may have a food intolerance, try keeping a food journal to see if you can associate your symptoms with a particular food. White potatoes may be a problem, if you have an underlying susceptibility (such as an autoimmune disease or other allergies, particularly a latex allergy). Most common potato intolerance symptoms reported are eczema, stomach upset, hives and swelling, or — in rare situations — anaphylaxis. For most people (especially adults), potatoes are perfectly fine.

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