The number one reason I eat potatoes is because I simply love them. They fill me up and keep me satisfied. I know they are high on the glycemic index, and sometimes I feel tired after eating more than one, but eating fruits and vegetables alone just doesn’t doesn’t do the trick in making me feel like I ate a full meal.
‘But, potatoes do have some resistant starch, which helps regulate blood sugar and friendly bacteria beneficial to gut health’ ~ your author
From what I’ve read, white rice and white potatoes do not increase the risk of diabetes. Oil, animal and likely junk food products do. But, I believe that white potatoes do give us an insulin spike.
‘I do not eat baked potatoes because of the acrylamides’~ your author
Nevertheless, white potatoes do have vitamins and minerals and fiber content. It’s not empty calorie. Plant based diets have a low diabetes rate. The potato got a bad rap because of all the fatty stuff people put on top of it. So, if you are into keeping the pounds off, skip the sour cream and butter and definitely don’t pan fry it in refined oil. A lot less fat will leave us a lot heart healthier.
- Potatoes are low in calories
- A medium-sized baked potato contains about 150 calories
- Vitamin C
- Pantothenic acid
- By the pound, they are a good value
Now, I try to buy organic russet potatoes, but often buy the non-GMO. I stopped buying a bag of the organic because they were too small and green. So, I started buying a five pound bag of a non-GMO brand called Pacific Gold® baking size russet potatoes.
‘I don’t eat more than about two medium potatoes a day’ ~ your author
I peel them because I don’t want to give my teeth any surprises of little pieces of rock and sand. If you want the most nutritious potatoes be sure to buy the red or purple. As far as I’m concerned, the russet potato is definitely my favorite taste in healthiest comfort food that will help keep you trim.
What about rice? It is another one of my main staples like beans and potatoes which provide much of my daily calories I require. Did you know that diets like the Kempner rice diet has cured quite a few in the past? You might want to read a little about it clicking on that link. I keep my rice eating relatively low. Find out why I limit eating rice, here.
Note- consult your doctor before you change your diet.