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Calories in Sweet and Regular Mashed Potatoes

Sweet vs. Regular Mashed Potatoes

Thanksgiving dinner is not usually a time when you're paying attention to your waistline, except perhaps afterward, when you're thinking your waistband feels a little too tight. But in case you're planning a healthy menu and want to know how to serve the mashed potato side, I checked out the difference between one cup of mashed potatoes made with whole milk and margarine vs. a cup of sweet mashed potatoes (of the canned variety).

Want to see how these Fall dishes stack up against each other? Read on for the stats.

Regular mashed potatoes Sweet mashed potatoes
Calories 237 258
Total Fat (g) 8.8 0.5
Carbs (g) 35.5 59.2
Fiber (g) 3.2 4.3
Sugar (g) 3 13.9
Protein (g) 4.2 5
Potassium (mg) 688.8 535.5

Mashed potatoes made with whole milk have tons more fat than sweet mashed potatoes, but using low- or fat-free milk instead will slash some of that. You can also make mashed potatoes healthier by using Yukon Gold potatoes; these potatoes are naturally creamy and sweet, and their skins taste like butter, which means you don't have to add any!

Sweet mashed potatoes, of course, contain a lot of sugar, meaning that their carb levels are higher than the regular stuff. Even if you shun the canned products, many recipes for homemade sweet mashed potatoes call for the addition of sugar, honey, or syrup, but luckily YumSugar has you covered with this savory mashed sweet potato recipe! And don't forget, sweet potatoes have lots of other nutritional benefits. They will make your blood sugar levels rise less than eating regular potatoes, and are rich in beta-carotene and vitamin C.


Decide for yourself what's more important for your diet, and then get ready for your Thanksgiving feast!

Sources: Flickr Users benilsen and Aine D

Join The Conversation
ticamorena ticamorena 6 years
i hate all potato products - chips, crisps, fries, mash, gratin, croquetes, hash etc with the sole exception of plain baked whole unpeeled sweetpotatoes a little salt and spicy tomato salsa. there's something pumpkiny about them and i'm mad about pumpkin/squash
wackdoodle wackdoodle 6 years
Also I thought that yams were high in all important folic acid and iron which are always important for women's health.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 6 years
Its strange because I grew up eating mashed sweet potatoes all the time. My Southern parents loved sweet potatoes and we fresh one baked and the canned ones either candied or mashed. But we never exchanged them for regular potatoes because of the natural sweetness of the yam. For some meals a yam is just too sweet a side dish. But its a good idea to try it especially if you have fussy eaters around.
amber512 amber512 6 years
Personally, I hate sweet potatoes. I have a HUGE sweet tooth, but potatoes to me should always be savory.
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