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Nutritionally, Am I Saving Calories By Eating A Plain Sweet Potato Instead Of An Idaho® Baked Potato?

Q:

I love potatoes but a lot of my friends make faces at me when I order them baked instead of choosing a baked sweet potato. Other than that carotene thing, are sweet potatoes that much more nutritious?

A:

Here is an interesting comparison…

Sweet potato, 26 calories per ounce and baked russet 27 calories per ounce.

It really is what you put on top that makes the difference… A sweet potato loaded with butter or brown sugar or maple syrup is not going to be better than a fully loaded baked potato with butter, sour cream and bacon bits.

The sweet potato glycemic load is less for a sweet potato versus the russet, but bear in mind that most are not served plain.

Potatoes are very low in Saturated Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium. They are also a good source of Vitamin B6, Potassium and Manganese, and a very good source of Vitamin C.

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Healthy Idaho® Baked Russet Potatoes can be just 110 calories, but hold off on the oil as even olive oil can double the calories. Try a squeeze of lemon, top with low calorie sour cream or low calorie yogurt.

Another interesting way to add flavor is to coat the potato lightly with vegetable oil and roll in fresh herbs. Tastes so good there is no need to add other toppings.