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Are sweet potato fries any better for you than regular hot chips? It depends

9Coach logo 9Coach 13/08/2017 Erin Van Der Meer

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Eating sweet potato fries instead of good old regular fries feels healthier – but is it?


Eating sweet potato fries instead of good old regular fries feels healthier – but is it?

We hate to be the ones to say this, but if you’re eating them at a restaurant or pub, sweet potato fries aren’t any better for you.

“Sweet potato, in general, is slightly more nutritious than the humble white potato –  it contains more vitamin A and has a lower glycemic index, which helps to keep you fuller for longer,” explains Lauren McGuckin, accredited practising dietitian and spokesperson for the Dietitians Association of Australia.

The problem, McGuckin says, is with the cooking style.

“Sweet potato fries are no healthier than regular fries if they’re deep fried and/or cooked in oil and coated in salt. The preparation method is the key.”

And we were so smug about choosing “healthy” sweet potato over basic fries. Damn!

Sweet potato fries are a lot healthier if you cook them at home in the oven, though.

“Try baking sweet potato chips in the oven with a light spray of olive oil and seasoning with fresh herbs such as rosemary for a much healthier alternative,” McGuckin suggests.

No matter what kind of fries you choose at the pub, just try to make it an occasional treat and watch your portions – set aside how many you’ll eat, then encourage someone else to gobble up the rest.

“Portion control and frequency of consumption is always the key when it comes to ‘treat’ foods like fries and chips,” McGuckin says.

“Try to limit high fat and salty foods to once a week.”

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