When you’re out riding, your body is burning through predominantly carbohydrates, and foods with a high carb content play an important role in keeping cyclists going.
Potatoes are a popular source of carbohydrate – as well as providing fuel for the energy furnace of a cyclists metabolism, they’re also packed full of vitamins and minerals, as well as fibre which keeps your gut healthy.
By far the most widely consumed potato in the UK, white potatoes offer plenty of goodness, but sweet potatoes have been taking over in the popularity stakes as of late.
We looked at the values of each to see who should be the victor in the potato vs sweet potato battle…
A 100g serving of white potatoes, baked without butter or salt, contains 93 calories, and 21g of carbohydrate, 2g of fibre, and 1g of sugars. That means you are getting a healthy dose of carbs, without taking on too much sugar.
The white potato does have a glycemic index of 82, which is fairly high and means your baked potato will give you a quick burst of energy that might not last as long as other foods.
Protein is important for helping to restore muscles after exercise, and your 100g of white potatoes contains 3g of protein.
The humble white potato also offers 9.6 mg of Vitamin C, which supports your immune system, 10 mg of Vitamin A. You also get 535 mg of potassium, a vital electrolyte which can fight fatigue and muscle tiredness, plus 28mg of magnesium – which helps your body maintain healthy blood pressure.
So – overall, the white potato is looking pretty good, but how does it stack up?