Some might think the words weight loss and potatoes don’t go hand in hand.
But, it is important to remember that we need a moderate amount of healthy carbohydrates to keep weight loss going.
A sweet potato at dinnertime can help to balance the meal, add nutrition, and keep you feeling full and satisfied.
1 Medium Size (2″ x 5″): 103 calories, 24 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber
1 Cup (about 200 g): 180 calories, 41 g carbohydrate, 7 g fiber
What’s amazing about sweet potatoes is that they have high fiber content. Technically, you can subtract the grams of fiber from the total amount of carbohydrates to get an idea of the net grams of carbohydrates that we use for energy. We can not process fiber for energy, meaning, we can not turn fiber into calories.
41 g – 7 g fiber= 34 g net carbohydrates
When compared to russet white potatoes, sweet potatoes can sometimes contain double the amount of fiber.
It is a better choice to go ahead and eat the nutrient-packed sweet potato then to worry about the carbohydrate content and miss out on all the health benefits.
When selecting at the store, sweet potatoes and yams (in America) are the same vegetable at most every grocery store. When they originated, sweet potatoes were different from yams, but now we use the terms interchangeably when referring to the likely orange root vegetable.
Do you eat sweet potatoes? If so, how do you enjoy them?