We have heard it a million times.
“Don’t eat potatoes, they are fattening.”
“You’ll get diabetes if you eat potatoes.”
“If only my mother stops adding potatoes in sabji, I’ll be much slimmer.”
The truth, however, is that potatoes are fat free, no single food source causes diabetes (unless all you do is munch on french fries and chips all day) and if your mother didn’t add potatoes in sabji, perhaps you won’t have started eating veggies in the first place. Confused? Let’s first go through the positives for potatoes first:
Potatoes are starchy vegetables which contains complex carbohydrates and are recommended in most country’s nutritional guidelines. It does count as a serving of vegetables. Like other starchy vegetables, potatoes are good sources of minerals like Potassium, Copper and Manganese, even without skin. With skin, it even contains Iron (18% of daily value) and Magnesium (21% of daily intake). Moreover, they contain decent amounts of Vitamin C and antioxidants like carotenoids.
Moving on to practical aspects, potatoes are tasty and can help in keeping veggie dishes palatable. Then, why does it get all the bad press? The answer is that potatoes in fast foods are generally cooked with lots of salt and trans fats and served without veggies. This makes an overall unhealthy meal devoid of nutrients. Similar less healthy dishes are prepared with chicken but chicken doesn’t get the bad reputation. Why blame it on potatoes?
The bottom-line is that no single food is the cause of your obesity. You eat more than you expend and therefore you can’t lose weight. In other words, overall calorie surplus/deficit decides whether you gain or lose weight. Read this article to understand this topic better. Potatoes can be a part of healthy diet plan. You don’t have to quit eating it. In fact, stop being a couch potato today. Go out, run, walk, play or exercise and you can have more potatoes and still stay lean.
At PSI Fitness, we take care that we make nutrition plans for you considering your food preferences so that you get to eat what you love. More information is given here on our nutrition consulting services.
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