The potato is a wonderful vegetable (yes it is a vegetable) a lot of goodness comes from it, such as vodka, french fries, potato chips, and nutrients! One of those things is over looked a lot because its not like the others! Nutrients are good for you obviously, but the potato gets a bad rap for some of the uses!
The reason for the bad rap is most Americans over consume their potatoes and prepare them in a way that makes them unhealthy, such as frying them, adding a stick of butter, ranch, sour cream and/or removing the skin. A potato that is cleaned, and baked, steamed or boiled is good for you. As you are keeping it close as possible to the natural state the potato comes.
My preferred choice of potato is baked. Now I hear that sweet potatoes are better for you, and typically the potatoes that have color (sweet, purple majesty, etc) are higher in antioxidants. For me it is a taste thing. But I will learn to enjoy colorful potatoes (one day)!
Key Benefits of Potatoes
(the profile of benefits will be different per type of potato)
Nutrient Rich – Potatoes are high in Vitamin A, C, B6, K, potassium, manganese fiber, and antioxidants. The potatoes with colors are especially rich in antioxidants. Most of the nutrients are found in the skin.
Helps the Belly – Sweet potatoes have a higher concentration of fiber and antioxidants that help with digestive system.
Helps your eyes – Eating one sweet potato a day gives you well over your needed beta-carotene. Beta carotene is converted into vitamin A, which we know is good for your eyes. So if a doctor tells you, you are deficient in Vitamin A… I’d start looking at the sweet potato to incorporate into my diet.
Potatoes & Starch
While there are some myths going around that soaking potatoes in water helps eliminates the starch and lowers the carbohydrates. I’m not sure if that is the case. But as you can see from my cooking videos I do soak my potatoes overnight. I can tell you I do see a white film come off the potato and I’m assuming that is starch.
I soak them so they last longer in the fridge, and not because I think it lowers the carb / starch count. Food that is higher in starch typically means they are high on the glycemic index. If you are not sure what that means, it means it will temporary raise your blood sugar level, and you will process the carbohydrates faster. Making you hungry sooner then a carbohydrate lower on the glycemic index.
Now all starches are not created equal. Potatoes contain a resistant starch. This starch only passes through are large intestine. This helps with your gut health, and there have been studies linking resistance starch to help with with blood sugar and insulin
I enjoy potatoes and have been adding them to my diet and replacing some of my rice meals with them. I’ve seen no weight gain, or any negatives towards my body. I do feel a bit fuller for longer so it has helped me eliminate some cravings in between meals.
What are your thoughts on potatoes? Do you have any great recipes that use potatoes? if so please share. Have any questions for me? Please send me a message or start a discussion below. Someone like you is think the same thing, however they are waiting on YOU to start the discussion.