All this talking about carbohydrates and many times clients sit down to tell me how ‘good or bad’ they have been eating and it’s funny how everyone’s idea of ‘eating good’ is SO different.
Even after all of this dietary information swirling around in the ethos and web universe there is a considerable amount of confusion around what’s good and what’s not..
Personally I don’t like the term good and bad eating because this to me refers to my behaviour. When it comes to eating I’m either making healthy choices or I’m not it’s that simple. This I have much more control over and don’t have emotional hang ups with.
So back to the potatoes..
Depending on who you talk to MOST people assume that potatoes are out of bounds when it comes to weight loss.
Here is the thing about potatoes – all of this attention towards green vegetables and we tend to forget about the white ones.
After all onions and garlic are white and they provide us with phytonutrients, vitamins and trace minerals which aren’t easy to get elsewhere like allicin, quercetin and chromium – good for anti-inflammatory nutrients.
Don’t forget cauliflower which is great for vitamin c and fibre content as well as special compounds like glucosinolates and thiocyanates.
Which must be good if I can’t pronounce them..
So why do we bag out the lonely potato? Well they are thought to have a high Glycemic Index which is important to note and generally if you stick to a low GI dietary intake this will definitely help you with your weight loss goals. The other part to this equation is that High GI isn’t always the biggest problem when choosing vegetable based carbohydrates. (different for the man-made variety though).
I know this may start to sound confusing but it’s also about the foods you are combining with your carbohydrate and/or the Glycemic Load as well.
Let’s take the watermelon as an example to explain how the G-load works.
Watermelon has a high GI rating however the load of the carbohydrate itself means you would have to eat an enormous amount of watermelon to get the negative effect of G-Load to cause you to store fat from it. The point is that Watermelon is packed full of minerals and vitamins so you are much better off eating watermelon when you get a sweet tooth craving then a cupcake or a cake if you get my drift…
See the difference – you won’t get fat eating watermelon – you will get fat eating cakes and lollies. Both High GI (by the book) very different effects.
Again back to the potatoes – it’s all in the way we eat them that makes the difference.
If you eat potatoes after they have been deep fried in Trans Fat (chips or French fries) YES they will have adverse effects towards your weight and they will cause problems with your health. However if you eat them with the skin on and cook them healthy then you will not only benefit from the long list of nutrients in every single potato but you will also get some fat burning fibre from the skin as well.
Plus potatoes really only have about 120 calories per average size if you like counting calories.
I guess the story ends like this – it’s not about never having a potato because this makes it all too hard if they are a favourite form of side dish in your household. Giving up the processed foods and packet mixed side dishes should be your number one priority. So being able to substitute for some yummy side dishes knowing you can still mix it up with some potatoes now and then (not every night) will help to keep the family happy.
Here is a GREAT healthy side dish recipe WITH potatoes:
However many potatoes you need for your family
1 red capsicum
1 green capsicum
1 yellow capsicum
1 finely chopped clove garlic
2 tbsp coconut oil or extra virgin olive oil
Sea salt and pepper to taste
Cut potatoes into chucks and steam until soft but not mushy. Slice up capsicum, onion and throw in together into a pan with oil and garlic until soft and add potatoes. Warm through and mix together lightly.
This is a great side dish and goes well with any type of protein dish. YUM
Until next time