If you haven’t said those words, you’ve almost certainly heard them. For a couple of reasons, potatoes have gotten a bad rap; they’ve become the white bread of the vegetable world. But are they deserving of their negative reputation?
It’s impossible to talk about potatoes’ negative reputation without mentioning the gylcemic index.
The glycemic index (GI) classifies carbohydrate-containing foods according to their potential to raise blood sugar level. Foods are scored on a scale of 0 to 100. Lower scoring foods don’t result in blood sugar spikes and, according to the Mayo Clinic, can help you feel full longer, boost energy and even improve focus. Potatoes can score as high as 80 or above, thus making potatoes a food that dieters tend to avoid.
Though low glycemic foods generally result in better satiety than high gylcemic foods, the potato seems to be a noteworthy exception. In fact, potatoes sppear to be one of the most satiating foods available to us. And unlike other high GI foods like candy or cake, potatoes are nutritional powerhouses. For example, a single potato has more potassium than a banana, lots of fiber and 70% of your daily value of Vitamin C. All with about 160 calories. That’s pretty impressive.
The biggest issue with potatoes isn’t the potato itself. It’s how we prepare them. Potatoes are often fried, creamed, loaded in cheese or covered with unhealthy toppings. Despite the nutritional properties of the actual potato, we turn the vegetable into fries, chips and other indulgences.
In other words, potatoes aren’t the problem; they’re part of the answer. By finding healthy ways to include potatoes in your diet, you can enjoy their powerful and delicious benefits.
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