Sweet vs White Potatoes

Over recent years sweet potatoes have got a name for being ‘better’ ‘more nutritious’ ‘healthier’ than the good ol’ white potato

Now, jacket potatoes have been a staple speedy weekday supper for me since I was a kid and as much as I love a baked sweet potato with roasted veg, there’s very little in life that a crispy jacket with cheese & beans can’t fix.

So where on earth have these claims surrounding sweet & white potatoes arisen from?

It doesn’t take a genius to know that sweet potatoes are naturally a lot sweeter than their white counterparts but they also contain higher amounts of vitamins C and E in comparison.
This second part is where the idea of sweet potatoes being a ‘superfood’ originates, with one sweet potato supplying over 100% of our daily vitamin A requirement.
But just a lil reminder, that all foods are super-foods, we don’t put foods on pedestals over here, that isn’t healthy or helpful at all!

The classic white potato on the other hand actually boasts more B6, folate, magnesium, iron and potassium, and although slightly higher in calories does contain significantly more protein!

So no, your loaded sweet potato fries are not superior to your friend’s roasties. But please please, whichever potato you chose, do not discard the skin! This is the best bit, full of fibre and crispy goodness.

Basically all potatoes bring something else to the table, whether they be sweet, white, purple, new, Jersey or green (actually no, pls don’t eat green potatoes!) and remember that variety is key!

Time saving tip for the best jacket potato:

1. Wash a potato of your choice, prick it with a fork 
2. Microwave for 5-8 minutes until soft
3. Place on a baking tray and drizzle in olive oil and salt
4. Bake in a hot oven for ~10 minutes to crisp it up
5. Smother in your favourite toppings.

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