Are sweet potato fries a healthier choice?

Are sweet potato fries a healthier choice?
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Sweet potato fries are growing in popularity. They may seem like a healthier alternative to regular potato fries. But are they?

Certified Nutritionist Deborah Enos says fries made from sweet potatoes do have a few things going for them.

"The upside is higher fiber content, about 20 - 30 percent more vitamin C than you'd get from a white potato and a significant amount of vitamin A which we all need to be consuming," she said.

Now here's the downside - the way those sweet potato fries are prepared.

"Occasionally, you can get them baked, but they're usually fried which is going to give it a lot higher calorie count and it's going to add a lot of unnecessary fat, including some saturated fat," Enos explained.

Some restaurants add sugar to their sweet fries, so they have more calories than regular fries. They also have far more sodium.

At my house, we make baked sweet potato fries - a little olive oil and sometimes a little chopped cilantro - and they're great!

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Recipe: Oven Baked Sweet Potato Fries