Sweet potatoes have a slightly lower carbohydrate content than regular potatoes. One medium potato contains 26 grams of carbohydrates, while one medium sweet potato contains 23 grams. Sweet potatoes contain almost twice as much fibre as other types of potatoes. Contributing close to 7 grams of fibre per serving, this high fibre content gives them a ‘slow burning quality’ which means their caloric energy is used more slowly and efficiently than a low-fibre carbohydrate. Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of vitamin A and a good source of potassium & vitamin C, B6, riboflavin, copper, pantothetic acid and folic acid. A medium sweet potato has 28% more potassium than a banana. The high amount of water that's found in sweet potatoes helps you lose weight. Like fibre, water takes up a lot of room in your stomach. Therefore, eating foods that contain high amounts of water makes you feel full and will prevent over-eating and snacking between meals. It's a good carb!
Roasted Sweet Potato Wedges go well with Peri-Peri Baby Chickens served with Sprout & Sunflower Seed Salad and is a great start to a slim week!
Barbara du Plessis
I live in the beautiful town of Knysna in the Western Cape of South Africa. Besides keeping myself happily busy with professional (ICT) work, I also indulge in the real good things in life...cooking, eating, writing, publishing and all the fun IT stuff!