Will Starchy Vegetables Make Me Lose Weight?

You have heard that potatoes make you fat. But, this isn’t necessarily true. It depends more upon what you top them off with. Sour cream and butter can add unwanted calories. Although, fat will make you fat, too many refined carbs like refined grain based junk and snack foods will add unwanted pounds.

I know white potatoes tend to make me feel tired after eating them. When I think about it, this seems to go with anything starchy I eat. I don’t want food to make me tired and rob my energy, I want to be energized by what I eat.

I get energy when I eat fruit, but not drinking fruit juice, eating bread, pasta, corn, potatoes,  rice and any other grain, seed, nut, even the avocado.

I am not eating many potatoes or much rice these days (and, other starchy food whole or not)  and definitely not drinking fruit juice at all. These days, I get resistant starch mainly from pinto beans.

When you bake or fry potatoes, acrylamide is created. And, rice has arsenic. Lately, I feel that if there is one thing wrong about a food, I should not eat it anymore. In other words, is arsenic and acrylamide in any amount good for you?

‘Growing evidence shows that many of the chronic health conditions in developed countries could be prevented or moderated by dietary changes. The most common starchy foods in the United States diet, including white bread, cakes, and noodles, consist of a large percentage of highly digestible starch. There is concern that such rapidly digested starches may contribute to chronic disease in people and animals and, because of this problem, starches that are resistant to digestive enzymes have been the focus of a growing research emphasis [1 ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3823506/]’.

I think many crave potatoes and rice, but this may not always be healthy for us. Furthermore, potatoes and rice are not tasty without adding salt.

‘Although, we may crave pizza and hamburgers and fries, we also know they are not health foods. We need to find healthy alternatives in order to alter our bad eating habits’ ~ your author

For example, if you crave potatoes, try eating fruit, instead. The simple carbs in fruits is easier to digest than starchy food. There is no requirement for starch I know of. But, fruits and vegetables are essential.

Bad cholesterol food like meat and cheese can cause heart attacks and other health problems. Bread and tortillas get gooey when you chew them sticking to your teeth.  Saliva turns the starch to sugar, which can cause cavities. Dried fruit can also cause decay.

‘The white potato is a concentrated source of carbohydrate, dietary fiber, and resistant starch and continues to be the staple food of choice for many cultures. The white potato is also a concentrated source of vitamin C and potassium. Two of the nutrients in white potatoes, dietary fiber and potassium, have been designated as nutrients of concern in the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Potatoes are often maligned in nutrition circles because of their suspected link to obesity, and popular potato foods often contain more fat calories than carbohydrate calories. Some food guides do not include potatoes in the vegetable group because of their association with high-fat diets. However, potatoes should be included in the vegetable group because they contribute critical nutrients. All white vegetables, including white potatoes, provide nutrients needed in the diet and deserve a prominent position in food guides [2 ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23674809]’.

It has been proven plant-based whole food is healthier. Those cultures who’ve adopted a whole food plant-based diet are notably healthier, trimmer, living longer having less ailments, conditions and diseases than we Americans do eating largely a processed and refined food diet.

Starchy foods like rice and potatoes as their staples and have supported entire civilizations which have thrived. I would use my own judgement deciding for myself which foods to eat based upon how my body felt after eating them. I would ask myself this question: Does this food energize me or not? And, is there another food I should be eating that is more nutritious, instead? I would choose the most nutriet packed food over the lesser.

Source- 1 URL ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3823506/ Website Title Resistant Starch: Promise for Improving Human Health Published online 2013 Nov 6

2 URL ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23674809
Website Title Current neurology and neuroscience reports.
Article Title White potatoes, human health, and dietary guidance.
Date Published May 01, 2013
Date Accessed November 10, 2018

Note- consult your doctor before you change your diet.

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