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The health battle between two potatoes

Potato battleWhen you come into Cool Hand Luke’s, there’s a good chance you’ll have some fries on your plate at some point. Depending on the plate, there’s also a chance you might find yourself with sweet potato fries to munch on as well! Both are great options, and both are sure to make your taste buds happy.

But when it comes to the overall health benefits of regular potatoes versus sweet potatoes, which of those two wins?

Not long ago, Men’s Health broke down the benefits of each of these two types of spuds and how they delivered in each area. Check out an excerpt from that article below…
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Energy Regular spud Mash fights back with its higher vitamin B content, which will help you suck the energy out of the other foods you eat with the potato – like the beans and cheese you slop on a baked one at lunch. So the rule is… if you’re eating a spud on its own go sweet, but if you’re eating other foods with it then go white.

Sweet potato Weighing in at an average 100g this energy baron punches out a whopping 20g of carbs, which is 2g more than a garden-variety spud of the same size. What’s more, if you’ve got the guts to eat them with their skin the sweet potato also has more fibre that’ll put extra energy in your tank. Need the oomph for a hectic workout? Go for the red head.

Muscle Regular spud Even a large white potato only coughs up a meagre 7g of protein so you’ll need to eat it with a protein source, like a good chilli con carne, to include it in your muscle-building arsenal. To stick to the 4-5g carbs per kg of body-weight guideline that means a 180lbs bloke should scoff one large spud after training.

Sweet potato Both varieties roll in with a pitiful 2g of protein per 100g. Luckily their carbs give them a reprieve because eating 4-5g of carbs per kg of body-weight after a training session will maximise your muscle building potential, found a study in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. In potato speak, an 82kg bloke should go for a medium sweet potato after training rather than the pale imitation. __________

Check out the rest of their article, as well as which spud was declared the overall winner, here: http://www.menshealth.co.uk/food-nutrition/what-to-eat/regular-spud-vs-sweet-potato-854b