Sweet potatoes are nutrient-packed starchy vegetables. Their bright orange color is from a pigment found in vitamin A, the same component in carrots that everyone tells you to eat to protect your vision. Vitamin A also keeps your skin young and healthy. Sweet potatoes, compared to regular white potatoes, contain more fiber, calcium, copper, and vitamin C. While white potatoes are not a bad choice, replacing items such as French fries, chips, baked and mashed potatoes with sweet potatoes is an easy way to pack a few more nutrients into your diet. Sweet potatoes are at their peak in the Northeast during the winter season, making them a very affordable food this time of year.
Colleen Forrest, RDN, LDN
Spectrum Health Services, Inc.