Q. Do mashed potatoes have less sugar than baked potatoes?
A. That’s a good question! The potato is about 80% water and about 20% solids or starch. The starch in the potato will convert to sugar if stored at too cold of a temperature. If the potato is properly stored (45-48 degrees F is ideal), neither will accumulate sugar. Mashed potatoes are usually combined with a liquid, which dilutes the potato and thus the sugar when comparing equal quantities.
Here is a link to nutritional information for a baked potato: http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/vegetables-and-vegetable-products/2770/2. You can do the same for mashed potatoes.
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