Yes, potatoes can be healthy!
You just need to cool them first.
I don't know about you, but I've avoided eating white potatoes for years because I believed they were a source of "empty" carbohydrates that negatively affect healthy blood sugar and insulin levels.
Boy was I wrong!
After listening to a series of podcasts and doing a bit of my own research, I discovered something called "Resistant Starch." Guess where it's found...
You guessed it-- POTATOES!
I've got a new YouTube video up, touting the benefits of introducing white potatoes back into your diet, along with tips on how to prepare the healthiest potatoes.
Click HERE to watch the video.
Just to whet your appetite (I indulged in some delicious, healthy potato salad after I learned all of this), here are some of the major points I cover in the video:
*Potatoes are loaded with potassium, vitamin C, dietary fiber, and many other minerals and phytonutrients.
*Resistant starch, found in potatoes, rice, bananas, legumes, etc., feeds 90% of our healthy gut bacteria. Thus, it's considered a"prebiotic."
*Potatoes must be cooked, then cooled before eating for maximum benefit. This takes a bit of planning, but it's worth it. Bake, boil, roast, or mash your potatoes ahead of time, then allow to cool. Eat them cold or reheat if needed to enhance the resistant starches. It is vital that the cooling takes place before eating.
*Benefits of resistant starch include decreased insulin sensitivity, increased fullness/weight loss, decreased blood sugar levels, and improved digestion. (All things I thought I was gaining by avoiding potatoes.)
It just goes to show, it's important to keep up on the latest research on nutrition, as it is constantly changing and updating!
Thanks for learning along with me!