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Sweet Potato vs. White Potato

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Sweet potatoes are orange (or off-white or purple) and sweet and white potatoes are white and not sweet. Done. 

Hahahahaha just kidding. Let's get more into this, yeah? 

Sweet Potatoes - 

  • Benefits: (more info here
    • beta-carotene - reduces risk for certain cancers; improves skin clarity and eyesight 
    • fiber - keeps you feeling fuller longer and improves digestion 
    • fat-free, cholesterol-free, low-calorie 
    • anti-inflammatory pigments 
  • How to cook them: 
    • boil - Cut them into 1" pieces, cover them with water in a pot and bring to a boil. Cook until tender when pierced with a fork (about 10 minutes). 
    • bake - Pierce a whole potato with a fork or slice gently with a knife a few times, wrap in aluminum foil, and bake at 400-425 degrees F for 45 mins, or until tender when pierced. 
    • "fry" - Cut into french-fry-shaped pieces, toss with a teaspoon of coconut oil and bake at 425 degrees F for 30-40 minutes, flipping halfway through. Top with cinnamon and coconut sugar for a sweeter twist! 

White Potatoes - 

  • Benefits: (more info here)
    • potassium - small potato has ~ 750 mg 
    • vitamin C and folate 
    • fiber-rich, low-calorie, fat-free, cholesterol-free
  • How to cook it: 
    • boil - Cut them into 1" pieces, cover them with water in a pot and bring to a boil. Cook until tender when pierced with a fork (about 10 minutes). 
    • bake - Pierce a whole potato with a fork or slice gently with a knife a few times, wrap in aluminum foil, and bake at 400-425 degrees F for 45 mins, or until tender when pierced. Top with nutritional yeast, vegan cheese, tahini or hummus! 
    • "fry" - Cut into french-fry-shaped pieces, toss with a teaspoon of coconut oil and bake at 425 degrees F for 30-40 minutes, flipping halfway through. 

So, which should you eat more of? Drum roll please... 

EAT THEM BOTH! They're both bursting with nutritional benefits like carbohydrates, fiber, and vitamins and minerals. Who doesn't love potatoes?! Get outta' here.