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A Healthy Potato?

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Potatoes have recently been maligned since they get grouped into the avoidance category of “white foods” by  low carbohydrate adherents and others.  They also get grouped into the list of foods commonly known as “fattening”.  That may be true if you only eat them loaded with butter, sour cream, cheese or as French fries.  In their “naked” form, they actually provide us with a bunch of important nutrients as outlined in the following article.  They can be an important part of a healthy diet if consumed in moderation.  Moderation seems to be the key for a lot of foods, but Americans often find this concept difficult.

You can try these simple ways to prepare them in a healthier way.

  • Toss potatoes with the skin on and  cut in thin wedges in a small amount of olive oil and roast them on a baking sheet at 450 degrees for about 35 minutes. They come out crisp on the outside and soft on the inside.  The calorie savings result in less than half the calories of a small serving of McDonald’s French fries.
  • Try roasting potatoes with a bunch of different vegetables.  Try waxy fingerling or thin-skinned red potatoes with carrots, sweet potatoes and chunks of onions.  Roast them as above, tossing them around half way through the cooking time.  These types of potatoes do not need peeling, so the fiber is not thrown away.



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