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Are sweet potatoes better than regular potatoes for those with pre-diabetes?

Is it all right for a pre-diabetic to eat sweet potato? I heard that sweet potato is better than white potato.

Dr. Gourmet Says...

Baked Sweet Potato with butter

Most sweet potatoes sold in the U.S. are actually yams. Either way both are great for diabetics and maybe a little better than plain potatoes. This fits in well with the Mediterranean Diet, which recommends choosing ingredients that are higher in fiber and complex carbohydrates. You can find out more information on what a great choice this style of eating is for you in this article: The Mediterranean Diet IS a Diabetic Diet!

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Timothy S. Harlan MD, FACP
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