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Sweet Potato Fries vs Regular mashed potatoes

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Created April 25, 2013 at 5:57 PM

I eat at my school's dining hall, and they usually have oven baked sweet potatoes. That's pretty much the only carb I eat other than vegetables. But sometimes, the dining hall only has sweet potato fries and "regular" mashed potatoes, none of which I consider optimal choices. But given the two options, which one is a better/healthier choice of carbs?

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on April 26, 2013
at 03:53 PM

Yes, sweet potatoes are a healthy source of carbs.

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on April 26, 2013
at 02:52 PM

You are probably right, but knowing myself, I could take that as an excuse to start abusing grains in my diet. I think I'll just pass on carbs when they don't have the baked sweet potatoes. Are baked sweet potatoes a healthy source of carbs, though?

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on April 26, 2013
at 02:49 PM

Yes, I think those days I will just not eat any starch. I'm getting some carbs from my vegetables, I guess. Thanks

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on April 25, 2013
at 06:41 PM

Amen to that .

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on April 25, 2013
at 06:14 PM

I often look at different brands in the store, and I've actually never seen wheat flour used for crisping - just rice flour, potato starch, or tapioca starch. I don't doubt it could be in there, though - I just think non-wheat is oddly more common.

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on April 25, 2013
at 06:32 PM

Why not just decline them? By the sounds of it you don't have your heart set on either. I figure that if I'm indifferent to a choice then the truth is that I don't really want either. Thought for food ;) See what I did there?

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on April 26, 2013
at 02:49 PM

Yes, I think those days I will just not eat any starch. I'm getting some carbs from my vegetables, I guess. Thanks

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on April 25, 2013
at 06:27 PM

If the choice was between sweet potato french fries packed in flour and friend in sh*t oil or mashed potatoes out of a box I'd honestly probably opt for either brown or regular rice on those days.

F0b23fe972fa6dcb05fe30ab03e09872

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on April 26, 2013
at 02:52 PM

You are probably right, but knowing myself, I could take that as an excuse to start abusing grains in my diet. I think I'll just pass on carbs when they don't have the baked sweet potatoes. Are baked sweet potatoes a healthy source of carbs, though?

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on April 25, 2013
at 06:41 PM

Amen to that .

Cb9a270955e2c277a02c4a4b5dad10b5

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on April 26, 2013
at 03:53 PM

Yes, sweet potatoes are a healthy source of carbs.

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on April 25, 2013
at 06:05 PM

My understanding is that those sweet potato fries may often be dredged in flour to make them crispier. I got pretty sick because I was "glutened" by sweet potato fries. Sweet potato fries are more than likely cooked in PUFA oils, too.

Mass produced mashed potatoes are probably made with potato flakes, mixed with what? Probably low fat milk or substitute and a margarine-like fat.

Regardless of carbs, neither sounds like a very good option.

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on April 25, 2013
at 06:14 PM

I often look at different brands in the store, and I've actually never seen wheat flour used for crisping - just rice flour, potato starch, or tapioca starch. I don't doubt it could be in there, though - I just think non-wheat is oddly more common.

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Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on April 25, 2013
at 06:04 PM

The sweet potato fries are undoubtedly coated in rice or tapioca flour. (I don't know why, but I haven't seen wheat used for light crisping ... yet.) That may be acceptable to you (it is to me), but the fries are probably fried in shitty oil - really, all deep frying tends to use the cheapest oils, as a lot is used. If they are baked however, that's a totally different story.

Mashed potatoes are likely out of a box.

Both probably have their share of preservatives.

In this case, I'd go with the mashed potatoes, unless the fries are baked fries.

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on April 26, 2013
at 02:08 AM

I don't eat mash potatoes but I eat sweet potato fries, the mashed potatos are probably more highly processed

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on April 25, 2013
at 08:56 PM

Don't eat either. You won't starve.Just eat the meat or veggies. Most universities and colleges have communal kitchens in their dorms. Cook your own food!

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on April 25, 2013
at 06:55 PM

I face the same problem in my dining hall!

The sweet potato fries don't bother my stomach too much, but there is also a possibility that other breaded things, like chicken strips, are cooked in the same oil, which could cause stomach problems.

As much as I love sweet potato fries, I think white rice is a better option on those days.

I sure wish my school also had baked sweet potatoes!

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