Sweet potato

Sweet potatoes are a source of five essential micronutrients: vitamin C, thiamin, potassium,  manganese and vitamin A, which between them have a whole range of properties that our bodies need to keep us ticking over.

Many people have substituted regular potatoes for sweet potatoes, believing sweet potatoes to be the healthier choice. Let’s compare the two. Sweet potatoes contain higher amounts of both sugars and fibers, and have a lower glycemic index.This is likely due to slower absorption of sugar as a result of complex starch and soluble fiber content.

Both are good sources of vitamin C and potassium, but sweet potatoes also provide excellent amounts of vitamin A.

In conclusion, sweet potatoes have a lower glycemic index, are a better source of fiber, and provide similar or slightly higher levels of vitamins and minerals (especially vitamin A) than regular potatoes.