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Monday, April 02, 2007

Potatoes - Friend or Foe for Weight Loss

I have heard so many claims that we should stay away from all refine and white carbohydrates as they are bad for our bodies and for achieving weight loss. I do believe they are not the best things to eat but still we should not completely discard them from our diet.

Potatoes have been given a bad rap because of the glycemic index as potatoes have a high glycemic rate. But if you know the truth this really has nothing to do with why they are bad. The mixture of low and high glycemic food is the absolute best way to go for weight loss and getting a six pack.

Fruits like watermelon have a great source of vitamins, minerals, and lycopene. There's just no reason to avoid it simply because it has a high GI.

I am speaking no b.s. as my point is... candy bars, cupcakes, and donuts make you fat... NOT watermelons, carrots, or potatoes and other great food sources.

It is also important to remember that food combinations is how your body processes the carbohydrates and the associated blood sugar and insulin response you receive.

Alright, so back to my point that white potatoes are actually a healthy carbohydrate as long as you eat them in the right form... with the entire skin, and please don't ruin them by deep frying them into french fries either! French fries are one of the most evil things ever invented for your health, but only because we ruin them by soaking them in a scorching bath of trans fats in the deep fryer from the hydrogenated oils that are typically used.

Keep in mind that potatoes contain so many vitamins and minerals that the list is way too long to even try. Also, as long as you eat the skins, you get a decent shot of fiber too.

On the topic of potatoes not being so bad after all, I don't remember where I saw this referenced, but I recently saw a particular study that had participants eat something like 7-9 whole potatoes per day for several weeks. At the conclusion of the study, the potato eaters had actually consistently lost weight! I'd venture a guess that the reason the people lost we.ight is that they were probably so full from eating all of those damn potatoes, that they actually consumed less calories than normal! An average sized potato only has about 100-120 calories, and I can surely imagine you'd be full constantly from eating 7-9 potatoes each day.

Eat healthy with potatoes all you like.

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