A 37-year-old female asked:
some restaurants are serving sweet potato fries instead of regular french fries. how do their nutritional values compare?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Karen Shackelford answered
25 years experience Emergency Medicine
Processed food - meh: Doubtful if fresh cut. Processed food is all about additives and salt. Both potatoes and sweets have nutrients. Balanced diet is key. Don't make a habit of all brown meals.
Answered on Jul 29, 2015
Dr. Michael Moran answered
32 years experience Cardiology
Glycemic Index: White potatoes typically have a G.I. Of 85/100. Sweet potatoes have a G.I. Of 37/100. The G.I. Tells you how simple or complex the carbohydrate is, that is how quickly it turns into sugar in your body. A G.I. Of 55/100 or less is generally desirable. This is particularly important if you are Insulin resistant or diabetic. High G.I. Foods make you put on fat, usually around the midline gut.
Answered on May 7, 2016
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