Who doesn’t love french fries? They are a fun and super tasty snack or a simple accoutrement to a meal. Nutritionally, they aren’t the healthiest choice out there. White potatoes have a high glycemic index that raises blood sugar levels and do not rank high in the vitamin/mineral content department, either.
However, sweet potatoes are very low on the glycemic index, making these fries safe even for diabetics. The beauty of sweet potatoes is that they are packed with beta-carotene (Vitamin A). In addition to Vitamin A, sweet potatoes are a good source of dietary fiber, helping to promote a healthy digestive system. Many restaurants are now offering sweet potato fries as an alternative to traditional french fries. They are quite simple to make at home, as well – though you should definitely opt to bake over frying. If you are frying, keep in mind that the oil used also makes a huge difference, as canola oil becomes carcinogenic when heated at high temperatures. Choosing olive or grape seed oils are better alternatives. You won’t have to feel guilty to treat yourself to these golden strips every now and then!