Potatoes - sweet or white?

By thabrat30 Latest Reply 2010-07-30 00:23:13 -0500
Started 2010-07-29 11:28:35 -0500

I am wondering if someone could please help me. I was looking at making potatoes and wasn't sure if the sweet potatoes were better for me or if the white potato is.

13 replies

monkeymama 2010-07-30 00:23:13 -0500 Report

In my best recommendation to you, I would see where it falls with the glycemic index. If one is lower on the glycemic index, the slower it will effect your blood sugars. Like some have also said here, it also depends on your system. For some one works better with their diabetes than the other.

tabby9146 2010-07-29 20:47:08 -0500 Report

sweet potato definitely. In diabetes class this is what they told us. I find that my numbers are higher with white, plus they go up a lot faster! With the sweet, they don't go as high.

RAYT721 2010-07-29 17:57:23 -0500 Report

In moderation let your taste buds (and meter) decide for you. Personally I try to avoid them but there's nothing wrong with 1/2 potato or 1/4 potato. With the extra room on your plate you can fit more favorite, lower carb foods that you and your body enjoys. You can always freeze the leftover potatoes to put into soups, casseroles or whatever.

thabrat30 2010-07-29 20:06:43 -0500 Report

That is a great idea! I never thought about freezing them! I would be splitting my potato with a child at dinner, but that is a good way to save the other portion that I don't eat! Thanks!

gregsteele 2010-07-29 12:11:46 -0500 Report

I have better luck with white but i have more lows than highs and must follow my meter as SOUTHERNROOTS stated

barbara109 2010-07-29 11:59:56 -0500 Report

Sweet potatoes are always better for you than white potatoes. Sweet potatoes have fiber and certain nutruition (carotenoids) that are lacking in white potatoes. Because of the fiber, your sugars won't go up as dramactically as with white potatoes.

kdroberts 2010-07-29 12:28:00 -0500 Report

I would disagree with this. For some the effect on blood sugar is better with sweet potatoes compared to white potatoes but nutritionally they are very similar but personally I think for diabetics, white has the nutritional edge, in some areas it's not by much. Here's why.

Per 100g
Sodium: white 5mg, sweet 27mg
Carb: white 20g, sweet 18g
Fiber: white 2g, sweet 3g
Sugar: white 1g, sweet 6g
Protein: white 2g, sweet 1g

In terms of vitamins and minerals they are pretty similar, sweet potato has a lot more vitamin A and E though. Like I said, they are pretty close but in terms of blood sugar the % of carb that is sugar is very much higher in sweet potatoes and for a lot of people will result in a bigger, faster blood sugar spike. The extra 1g of fiber is going to make little difference in blood sugar control.

southernroots 2010-07-29 11:54:04 -0500 Report

Eat to your meter! Test, eat, test again, & you will know the answer FOR YOU.

For me, it's sweet potato, very small, with only butter, and only occasionally.

I know some who "retrograde" white potatoes - that is, they cook them, sprinkle with vinegar, chill them for several hours or overnight, then finish and serve. Some have good success that way. You won't know until you try!

Good luck!