Are potatoes good for you? Maybe, the real health question is: is starch good for you? Nevertheless, I eat one or two organic baked white russet potatoes every day. I fry one in the morning usually eating a baked potato at night.
Did you know that regular potatoes are notorious for being sprayed with pesticide? They also come from the ‘nightshade variety’. Although, they don’t have gluten, they do have lectin. So, you might want to limit how many you eat each day because of acrylamide that is created when heating (baking, frying) it above 250 degrees.
‘Organic’ is better if your store carries it. The produce will cost you more, but the peace of mind because it’s cleaner is well worth the price. I don’t want traces of chemicals or poisons in my body (but, you don’t always have to buy organic: example, bananas.)
Around the world, there are millions who practically live on staples like beans, potatoes and rice.
My breakfast is one fried potato and an assortment of berries (I do not use any oil when cooking.) I avoid foods or products that have refined oil. Oils cause inflammation. You might already have ‘mysterious’ aches and pains not knowing oil was the root cause!
I eat one or two medium-sized baked potatoes each day. I don’t usually eat more, because doing so tends to make me feel tired.
The larger part of my diet is fruits and vegetables. I don’t eat meat or use dairy and animal products. I feel better the more raw fruits and vegetables I eat.
I try not to eat a large quantity of 'starchy' foods. I don't eat grains, anymore.
Potatoes (and, grains) are not near as nutritious as fruits and vegetables. I stick to ‘simple carbs’ like fruits. These are easier on the body to assimilate.
Although, millions do seem to survive (I am not sure if they ‘thrive’) on a diet largely of potatoes, rice and beans; I wonder how long they live and how healthy they are?
My doubts about the health benefits of potatoes and grains compared to a diet of raw fruits and vegetables drove me to limit the amount I eat of potatoes, beans and lentils. But, they do provide calories. You will be hard pressed to only eat fruits and vegetables each day and get enough calories from them without feeling hungry all the time.
There are places where people seem to stay healthier and live to 100 and beyond. Okinawa, Japan is one where they eat more white rice and vegetables with little meat.
And, then there’s Loma Linda, California where seventh day Adventists don’t drink, smoke, eat any meat but predominantly consume fruits, vegetables and whole grains with beans and legumes in moderation.
Did you know?
- Starch is a ‘complex carbohydrate’ having long chains of sugar molecules
- Fruit has ‘simple carbs’, and is easier assimilated
- Certain foods affect people differently…
- For example, beans are high in protein, potentially problematic for people with weaker kidneys
- The white potato like the russet, is of the ‘nightshade’ variety which has a toxin called solanine (a glycoalkaloid poison.) When baked above temperatures of 250 degrees, acrylamide forms, which is a human carcinogen. It is especially high in other foods like French fries, potato chips, breakfast cereal, coffee, bread and more. Potatoes also have lectin. So, I decided recently to limit potatoes to one or two a day and not eat the skin.
- Nevertheless, did you know the potato is a ‘tuber’? Sweet potatoes and yams are more nutritious than the white potato (also both tubers)
- Avoid green potatoes if possible and be sure to cook them thoroughly to help ‘counteract’ any bad effects
- Did you know winter squashes are lower in calories? Not a good choice for athletes to ‘carb’ up on for best physical performance
- Some may have an allergic reaction to corn (and, other grains) as well as wheat
- Wheat has ‘gluten’ which causes celiac disease in some
- All grains may create leaky gut syndrome (intestinal permeability) which brings inflammation with associated pain and damage to the body
To conclude, I know eating like I do probably seems pretty strict. Yet, I believe it’s better avoiding eating things where there is doubt about its health benefits. Unfortunately, most of us won’t find out until decades later our poor eating habits have caused us our disease. Let’s not let this happen!
We don’t want to take the chance coming down with an unknown ailment or condition ending up in the hospital or emergency room because of cancer, diabetes complications, heart attack or stroke.
Therefore, as a free form of health insurance and preventative measure, why not adopt a plant-based whole food diet.? It’s been proven way healthier than the standard American diet we know all too well which is low in fiber, high in animal protein, bad cholesterol and even higher in refined grains and sugar.
My diet is composed of raw fruits and raw and cooked vegetables. I am living proof of plant-based health benefits, having lost nearly fifty pounds. My blood pressure went way down, I am stronger, feel a heck of a lot better and likely will live a lot longer than I would have eating the way I used to.
I believe plant-based whole food could bring you similar benefits. Try it out for thirty days and see if you don’t lose an inch or two off your waistline.
Note- be sure to check with your doctor before you change your diet.