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May 20, 2012 9:01 AM
I haven't had potatoes in quite a while until the other day & now have been eating one every couple of days with veggies on top...I have heard that you are NOT supposed to eat potatoes b/c they are full of starch but was wondering what everyone on here thinks about eating potatoes...Good Or Bad??
  16043484
May 20, 2012 9:24 AM
I don't think potatoes are bad unless you eat too many.

Here is some info:

Potatoes contain more potassium than any other fresh vegetable in the produce department - even more than bananas. One potato has almost 900 milligrams, which is about 20 percent of what you need every day. Potassium is important for body growth and cell maintenance. It's also necessary for nervous function and for normal muscle contraction - including the heart muscle. Potassium is also an electrolyte that helps to balance the fluids in your body, which is important for healthy blood pressure.

Potatoes also contain substantial amounts of vitamins C and B6, which are vital for blood clotting, wound healing, a strong immune system, normal nervous system function and for converting the food you eat to energy. There's also a substance called kukoamine found in potatoes that may help to lower blood pressure, although more research is necessary to know for sure.
  20815970
May 20, 2012 9:26 AM
I also try not to eat potatoes because of all the starch. If I'm going to eat one I eat a sweet potato. They're much more nutrient dense.
May 20, 2012 9:28 AM
There's a guy who ate nothing but potatoes for 60 days. He lost weight, and all his blood work improved. There's nothing wrong with potatoes.

http://20potatoesaday.com/
  8487736
May 20, 2012 9:28 AM
I will never give up potatoes, that is the one food I love too much. Nothing beats a scoop of mashed potatoes with a bit of butter on top!
  19614385
May 20, 2012 9:30 AM
There's nothing wrong with potatoes or starch.
  11790169
May 20, 2012 9:30 AM
Potatoes? Oh so good. Nomnomnom.
  14644573
May 20, 2012 9:30 AM
it depends how you make them, boiled with either none or a small amount of butter is fine, but fried/deep fried is a no no.

chips/crisps are the same, sunflower oil is the best to get them in

chips/fries are best oven cooked than deep fried with vegetable oil.

(im just guessin, i mean im 18 i have no idea haha, i think that im right :P)
Edited by amyy010 On May 20, 2012 9:31 AM
  15405393
May 20, 2012 9:31 AM
i don't think any foods are bad, you just have to watch how big your portions are and how often you eat them. also don't go adding too much fatty toppings to them. watch the calories.

a potato the size of your fist is a portion.
and as long as you add them into your daily calorie allowance i don't think you should not eat them.
eat them as part of your healthy diet and include them in your lifestyle.
Thats what i think anyway.
  10309939
May 20, 2012 9:33 AM
I like a baked potato. Eat the skin, and it will help
keep the triglycerides down. I usually eat most of
the potato out of the skin, then roll the skin up and
eat it like a little burrito! tongue
May 20, 2012 9:34 AM
Unless you have a medical condition that dictates the avoidance of starch, there is no reason why you can't eat potatoes. But you should be aware that they have a high glycemic index so I wouldn't recommend eating them every day.
  6214796
May 20, 2012 9:34 AM
Potatoes are pretty much THEE most perfect food in the world.

Couldn't, wouldn't, shouldn't live without them.
May 20, 2012 9:35 AM
Can you fit a serving of potatoes into your daily calorie/macronutrient budget? Then they're good.

Personally, potatoes are too delicious for me to ever give them up entirely, although I think I'm going to have to (1) limit them and (2) stick to baked or mashed as much as possible now, because I have this problem where if there are potatoes within reach of me, I will eat them. All of them. Even if they don't taste good. Cold, soggy leftover fries? Give them to me. Gross pickle or sea salt+vinegar flavored potato chips? Put them in my mouth. It's a real problem.
  15501055
May 20, 2012 9:35 AM
Last year, I was researching the US Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, aka food stamps. They're essentially beta testing a "healthy food" program out in Massachusetts, in which beneficiaries can only use the vouchers to buy things like whole grains, produce, protein-rich foods -- "healthy foods." Guess what isn't covered by the vouchers? White potatoes.

That's when I finally decided to give them up, haha.
May 20, 2012 9:38 AM
I agree with everyone else.

Potatoes are actually very healthy, it's how you might cook them that makes them unhealthy.

We eat potatoes once a week at least. I bake them, roast them like oven fries (yum!) or boil them.

Sweet potatoes are wonderful as well.
  5693394
May 20, 2012 9:39 AM
Sweet potatoes > normal potatoes.
Enough said.
May 20, 2012 9:39 AM
A small or medium potato every couple of days won't ruin your weight loss or cause you to pack on extra pounds. What you put on top probably makes more difference - smothering it in butter and sour cream will pack in the calories, while veggies on top makes it pretty good (I like broccoli, real bacon bits, and a bit of sour cream). Just account for everything in your food log, maybe get rid of one other starchy serving (lice rice, pasta, or bread) on a day you eat a potato. Oh, and eat the skins - that's where most of the nutrients are found, I understand.
May 20, 2012 9:42 AM
Although potatoes have some good nutrition, like potassium, etc., I feel I am better off not eating potatoes. They are very high glycemic, and they are inflammatory. Those two things can play havoc with ones body over time.

Sweet potatoes are a much, much better choice.
May 20, 2012 9:43 AM
QUOTE:

Last year, I was researching the US Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, aka food stamps. They're essentially beta testing a "healthy food" program out in Massachusetts, in which beneficiaries can only use the vouchers to buy things like whole grains, produce, protein-rich foods -- "healthy foods." Guess what isn't covered by the vouchers? White potatoes.

That's when I finally decided to give them up, haha.


And our Congress, in its infinite wisdom, now counts pizza a vegetable.

Moderation.

Please pass the potatoes.
May 20, 2012 9:43 AM
QUOTE:

Last year, I was researching the US Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, aka food stamps. They're essentially beta testing a "healthy food" program out in Massachusetts, in which beneficiaries can only use the vouchers to buy things like whole grains, produce, protein-rich foods -- "healthy foods." Guess what isn't covered by the vouchers? White potatoes.

That's when I finally decided to give them up, haha.


Sounds something like the WIC program here - nutrition assistance for low income pregnant & breastfeeding women, babies, and young children. They provide fresh vegetables, but not white potatoes. However, they also provide regular peanut butter, but not the healthier (by most people's opinion, at least) natural peanut butter.
I think part of it is potatoes are more accurately classified as a starch, and they want you to get veggies. Plus, they aren't completely infallible. They make one get the store-name breakfast cereals, despite the fact that some of them don't have the same nutritional content as name brand, too.
May 20, 2012 9:47 AM
I do limit simple carbs and starchy foods but there is not much I won't eat. As long as I am in control and have decided for myself how much I am going to eat of it!
May 20, 2012 9:49 AM
The potato is the bane of most diabetics but for people who do not fear blood sugar spikes or who are good at balancing their meals they are a perfect food. Very versatile and a great main or side.
  4254825
May 20, 2012 9:53 AM
Potatoes are fine. They have a low caloric density, and reasonably high nutrients-per-calorie. They are also delicious. If you smother them in butter, they will probably not be healthy, but that is not the fault of the potato!
May 20, 2012 9:54 AM
I get the baby potatoes and eat one,oven roasted with a drizle of olive oil and mediterranean spices once and a while. As long as it is in moderations, it's not bad.
  22955325
May 20, 2012 9:54 AM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

Last year, I was researching the US Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, aka food stamps. They're essentially beta testing a "healthy food" program out in Massachusetts, in which beneficiaries can only use the vouchers to buy things like whole grains, produce, protein-rich foods -- "healthy foods." Guess what isn't covered by the vouchers? White potatoes.

That's when I finally decided to give them up, haha.


And our Congress, in its infinite wisdom, now counts pizza a vegetable.

Moderation.

Please pass the potatoes.




Ding! Fries are done.....



I cook them in the pressure cooker. It's fast, easy,
and seals all the nutrients inside. They're on my
healthy list if I ever find myself at a fast food joint.
Baked potato plain, and a small chili. Maybe twice
a month???



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