Potatoes are excellent source of many nutrients, especially potassium. Yes, they are starchy, but your body needs carbs to function properly. Carbs aren't bad, not even when you want to lose weight. They should make up a significant portion of the average person's diet. Yes, potatoes are white, but the whole "avoid white foods" thing really is about processed foods like white bread, white rice, white pasta...the white foods that are white because they have been processed and stripped of some of their nutrients in the process of making them white. There are several white foods that are good for you--milk, yogurt, popcorn, potatoes, chicken, turkey, etc... So, eat potatoes if you enjoy them. But, eat them in moderation (like all foods) and do really watch/limit the toppings... It's also a good idea to weigh your potatoes so you know how much you are eating (it's easy to eat too much potato if you just eyeball it and say it's small, medium or large).
Edited by: LOVE4KITTIES at: 2/2/2011 (02:57)
Fitness Minutes: (6,197)
386 2/2/11 2:33 A
Being of German descent, we love our potatoes. I try to balance white potatoes with sweet potatoes and yams. Usually, the more colorful, the better. But please, don't take my potatoes away!
Potatoes are a great food. Full of nutrients and when paired with some veggies can be a great meal in and of itself. Also a great side for dinner. The key, I've found, is making sure of portion control. Some potatoes are huge! I buy yukon golds since they're generally a bit smaller. I do measure out about 150grams per person before I cook them.
A life without potatoes seems like a bleak one to me. Therefore, like all foods I enjoy, figuring out how to incorporate them into my life is important. All about moderation.
When you get wic checks, they are only for specific categories of foods. That check is only for vegetables or fruit. White potatoes are very starchy, and WIC thinks they should be eaten in a meal as the carb part of the meal, not the veg. That does not mean they are not healthy or devoid of nutrients.
WIC gives a separate check that covers carbs, which can be used to buy from a very small choice of breads, brown rice or now wraps.
Edit add: Most everyone is going to buy potatoes anyway, wic doesn't supply everything a family needs, so at least potatoes are a cheap item to get.
WIC state run program does not allow women & children to get white potatoes only yams & sweet potatoes with their WIC Checks because of what Dietican say about poor nutritional value. State has lots of rule on what people who collect WIC can have and not have its such a pain
Fitness Minutes: (2,541)
33 12/30/10 1:56 P
I think anything is ok in moderation. Moderation is the key. Maybe have 1-2 servings of potatoes I week but no more. Try to stay away from the fried potatoes. I use fat free sour cream on mine or plain yogurt and I love it!!
I count them as a starch rather than a veggie. I eat them VERY often. Almost daily. I find them satisfying and filling. I also think they are very healthy. They have quite a decent amount of fiber and potassium in them. My favorite ways to prepare them are baked whole, or I will slice thin, spray with cooking spray season and bake until crisp. They're great paired with a salad or topped with a healthy chili. They are not nutritionally devoid.
Like any other starch carb in moderation.. Don't drown them in butter and oil or deep fry them..
12/29/10 10:29 A
Depends on how you eat them. If you have a baked potato with tons of butter, sour cream, bacon bits, etc, then its not so good. Fried potatoes, also not so good. Moderation. Eat the rainbow.
12/29/10 9:07 A
I eat russet potatoes all the time. They are great topped with chili for a meal or with broccoli. Roasted or baked for a side dish. It's the toppings you need to be careful of. Potatoes are very good for you.
Fitness Minutes: (40,824)
4,992 12/29/10 7:28 A
Taste good but bad for diets.
Fitness Minutes: (79,654)
12/29/10 7:24 A
"White potatoes really have no nutritional value in them "
russet potatoes have been given a bad rap recently because of the Atkin's Diet and th new focus on the Glycemic Index. But these are actually very nutritious foods that can be included in a healthy diet. If you're worried about the Glycemic Index then eat them with a good source of protein. These should be counted as a starch, not a vegetable due to the carbohydrate and Calorie count. Don't let people tell you starch is bad: it's what keeps your body running and is the source of fuel for your brain.
Fitness Minutes: (1,173)
74 12/29/10 1:07 A
Thank you so much for the amount of information you provided - much appreciated :)
I think potatoes are terrific. They're just a great place to start. I take a potato and load it with veggies and a sprinkling of shredded cheese. Or I like a potato with spoonfuls of salsa on it. How about canned vegetarian chili? Yum! The possibilities abound.
White potatoes really have no nutritional value in them they have a lot of starch personally I do not count them as a veggie. As far as I hear from dietitians they should be eaten in very limited amounts But guess it really is a personal call
I don't know. But I do know that you should limit your white stuff. I try to stay away from white products as much as possible. I eat brown rice instead of white, I don't eat many potatoes (hardly ever) and I eat whole grains.
Fitness Minutes: (1,173)
74 12/28/10 9:52 P
I have heard conflicting information in regard to russet potatoes. They are a vegetable, but are they bad because they are so starchy? do you count them the same way you would other vegetables? should you limit how often you eat them because they are "white"?
SparkPeople, SparkCoach, SparkPages, SparkPoints, SparkDiet, SparkAmerica, SparkRecipes, DailySpark, and other marks are trademarks of SparkPeople, Inc. All Rights Reserved. No portion of this website can be used without the permission of SparkPeople or its authorized affiliates.
SPARKPEOPLE is a registered trademark of SparkPeople, Inc. in the United States, European Union, Canada, and Australia. All rights reserved.