Potatoes – Do they deserve the bad reputation?
The truth be told, I think the “don’t eat potatoes” claim could use an overhaul. Potatoes are an important staple food for many countries. They offer as a low fat source of much needed glycogen stocking carbohydrates for a training athlete. They are also a source of potassium which supports muscle contraction; vitamin C to support a healthy immune system, vitamin B6 which is required for the breakdown of glycogen; and beneficial, filling fiber. There is a lot of good that can come with eating a potato.
New research lead by Adam Drewnowski, PhD, Professor of Epidemiology and Director of the Nutritional Sciences Program at the University of Washington found no link between white potatoes and obesity, diabetes, or systemic inflammation. Taking such information a step further; keep in mind, a diet sufficient in carbohydrates for a training athlete supports keeping inflammation at bay. It’s important to note that eating deep fried or butter and sour cream saturated potatoes will put a negative spin on the otherwise low-fat source of carbohydrates.
Here are a few recipes I posted in the past that can offer as more healthful ways to incorporate potatoes in the diet. Those with conditions such as diabetes would benefit from appropriate portion control with potatoes, but it’s not necessary to eliminate them completely from the diet.