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    Sweet Potatoes Vs Red Potatoes

    Okay.. so i have been looking around on the internet and i can not fine any sensible reason why Sweet Potatoes are so much better than regular white potatoes. Infact, everything i have read states that Sweat Potatoes have MORE SUGAR than regular red skinned potatoes..

    To quote a few places:

    By red potatoes, I’m guessing you mean red-skinned potatoes. They are actually very low in sugar, with only 2.47 grams of the sweet stuff in a medium spud.

    You may be confusing sugar with carbohydrates in general. And potatoes are rich in carbs, with 34 grams per potato. A sweet potato of the same size actually has more grams of sugar—12—and a few more grams of carbohydrate.

    Both regular and sweet potatoes are great sources of potassium and other important nutrients. And if you eat them with the skin on, you’ll also get several grams of fiber (sweet potatoes have more).
    100g red potatoe:
    89 Cal
    20g carbs, of which 1g is sugar and 2g is fiber

    100g Sweat Potatoes:
    90 cal
    21g Carbs, of which 6g is sugar and 3g is fiber

    So, again, is 5g of sugar worth 1 g of fiber?? i wouldn't think so, so why do people on here always suggest Sweet VS Regular potatoes???

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    Sweet potatoes are lower On the GI chart that regular spuds

    Thats all, so they cause less insullin release and digest slower

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    Quote Originally Posted by baseline_9 View Post
    sweet potatoes are lower on the gi chart that regular spuds

    thats all, so they cause less insullin release and digest slower
    ^^^ this

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    Quote Originally Posted by baseline_9 View Post
    Sweet potatoes are lower On the GI chart that regular spuds

    Thats all, so they cause less insullin release and digest slower
    bingo

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    okay.. that makes sense.

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    are there a lot of foods that are higher in sugar than others that also have a lower glycemic effect

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    plus sweet taters taste better

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    At the end of the day, it makes very little difference.

    Eat whichever you like.

    I switch on and off between sweet, red, white, yams.

    All serve the same purpose.

    GI index is so overblown with so many variables.

    You aren't eating them by themselves. It's all good.

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    Ps. I also eat the forbidden white rice daily because I can't stand brown.

    Both are solid complex carb sources.

    Don't fall into the hype.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LBSOMEIRON View Post
    Ps. I also eat the forbidden white rice daily because I can't stand brown.

    Both are solid complex carb sources.

    Don't fall into the hype.
    loves me some yellow rice and chicken and dirty rice(i think both white)

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    Quote Originally Posted by LBSOMEIRON View Post
    At the end of the day, it makes very little difference.

    Eat whichever you like.

    I switch on and off between sweet, red, white, yams.

    All serve the same purpose.

    GI index is so overblown with so many variables.

    You aren't eating them by themselves. It's all good.


    Yes, finally.

    Thanks!

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    GI is altered significantly in the context of an entire meal. If you eat chicken/potatoes/green beans for example, the the GI of the potatoes is reduced.

    The GI is based on eating said foods alone and following a fast, hardly what 99.9% of people do. It's a great marketing gimmick and may hold some value for sick people (diabetes) but overall it's another example of paralysis by analysis.

    Avoid the (what I call 'non-bodybuidling food) refined carbs (cakes, pastries, cookies, sugary products) and I PROMISE you, you'll be fine. White rice, pasta bread (I hate bread), coupled with a good protein source and some fats, substionally lowers the gi index.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LBSOMEIRON View Post
    Avoid refined carbs and I PROMISE you, you'll be fine.
    But white rice IS a refined carb...

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    You are exactly right and a complete contradictory statement.

    I guess it's the one exception (FOR ME) that has shown to be just as equal to brown. I believe it is the only (or one of the very few) refined carb with a GI index under 65 and very close to it's sister, brown rice (approx 56).

    When I think I refined carbs (although white rice is one), I'm thinking more about the cookies, pastries, pizza, sugary products and I changed my statement.

    To each his own though, but I still (and always will) use white rice up until the last 5 weeks of dieting.
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    all sugars
    all products containing sugar
    foods containing corn syrup
    sodas
    sugary drinks
    rolls
    buns
    cookies
    pasta
    biscuits
    ice cream
    tacos
    fries/chips
    potato chips/crisps
    nibbles/savory snacks
    pizza
    pastry
    pastries
    pasty/pastie
    pies
    dumplings
    batter
    cakes
    desserts
    puddings
    candy/toffee/sweets
    biscuits
    chocolate
    store bought cooked meats/cold cuts (when they have added sugars and additives)
    sausages/hot dog frankfurters (when they contain carbohydrate fillers, additives, or sugar)
    jams
    jelly
    jello

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    Quote Originally Posted by LBSOMEIRON View Post
    When I think I refined carbs (although white rice is one), I'm thinking more about the cookies, pastries, pizza, sugary products and I changed my statement.
    Definitely agree with you on these 'highly' refined carbs.

    In the end, you're right. It all comes down to what works for each of us individually. If white rice works for you, there's no reason in the world you should change it. Like you said before, "if it ain't broke...."

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    Quote Originally Posted by LBSOMEIRON View Post
    all sugars
    all products containing sugar
    foods containing corn syrup
    sodas
    sugary drinks
    rolls
    buns
    cookies
    pasta
    biscuits
    ice cream
    tacos
    fries/chips
    potato chips/crisps
    nibbles/savory snacks
    pizza
    pastry
    pastries
    pasty/pastie
    pies
    dumplings
    batter
    cakes
    desserts
    puddings
    candy/toffee/sweets
    biscuits
    chocolate
    store bought cooked meats/cold cuts (when they have added sugars and additives)
    sausages/hot dog frankfurters (when they contain carbohydrate fillers, additives, or sugar)
    jams
    jelly
    jello
    is pasta worse than white rice when also eaten with a meal

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpkman View Post
    is pasta worse than white rice when also eaten with a meal
    pasta is made with bleached flour which i assume ios much worse than bleached rice.. so i would assume it is not a good alternative.. but i realy wish someone can tell me i am wrong as i LOVE pasta

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    Go for a good wholemeal pasta

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