15 High Carb Foods That Are Healthy

By Hannah de Gruchy / Nutrition / May 26th, 2022

5. Sweet potatoes

Sweet potatoes

Sweet potatoes are rich in fibre which contributes to the high carb content (along with some sugars) of these delicious tubers. They contain roughly the same amount of carbohydrate gram for gram as regular white potatoes, but sweet potatoes contain more fibre than their white cousins.

This means that they also have a slightly lower Glycaemic Index (GI) than white potatoes, meaning that they release their sugars more slowly. The slower the sugar release, the better stabilised both our blood sugar levels and our hunger.

So sweet potatoes have the edge over white versions in terms of being better for regulating blood sugar levels and potentially also for weight loss as they keep us fuller for longer.


One cup of cooked sweet potatoes (complete with skins) contains around 40g of carbohydrates and are a healthy alternative to white potatoes.

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