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Sweet Potato vs. White Potato: What's The Difference?

Sweet and regular potatoes are both tuberous root vegetables, but they differ in appearance and taste.

They come from separate plant families, offer different nutrients, and affect your blood sugar differently.

Sweet and regular potatoes are both root vegetables. They’re distantly related but come from different families.

Both Are Nutritious!

Sweet potatoes are often touted as being healthier than white potatoes, but in reality, both types can be highly nutritious.

Here’s a nutrient comparison of 3.5 ounces (100 grams) of white and sweet potato with skin, respectively.

White Potato

Sweet Potato





2 grams

2 grams


0.15 grams

0.15 grams


21 grams

21 grams


2.1 grams

3.3 grams

Vitamin A

0.1% of the DV

107% of the DV

​Vitamin B6

12% of the DV

17% of the DV

Vitamin C

14% of the DV

22% of the DV


17% of the DV

10% of the DV


1% of the DV

3% of the DV


6% of the DV

6% of the DV

Both are rich in fiber, carbs, and vitamins B6 and C. White potatoes are higher in potassium, whereas sweet potatoes contain more vitamin A.

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