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Posts: 1,878
2/2/11 2:55 A

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)

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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! emoticon

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12/30/10 9:35 P

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.

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12/30/10 9:09 P

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.

Edited by: SCUBATELLY at: 12/30/2010 (21:13)

Posts: 32,267
12/30/10 8:34 P

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

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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!!

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12/30/10 12:59 P

Potatoes certainly don't give you a day's worth of protein, but they're BAD for you either. I've cut them out of my diet, but only because I like the taste of red potatoes better.

If you want a more nutritionally beneficial potato, try sweet potatoes. You can mash them, bake them, cut them into fries or wedges. They have tons of good nutrients and are tasty too :)

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12/29/10 4:08 P

I understand the Food Phobias most ppl have when trying to lose weight- a ton of rules that make no sense, especially for the long term.

Potates are low fat, no added sugar, great source of fiber, minerals, vitamins, and protein. All natural, not processed, wash, bake, and go!

Unless you plan on eating 5+ in a row for one meal, I wouldn't worry about it. It's starchy, yes, but it's not a big deal.

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12/29/10 3:35 P

I had pretty much cut them out in previous diets but I think I will add them back this go around and just eat a good source of protein w/them and watch what I add to them and see how it goes.

Posts: 13,610
12/29/10 3:21 P

I eat potatoes, including Russet Potatoes all the time. You do have to be conscious of what you put on them.

For dinner I usually have meat, carbohydrate and vegetable. When I eat a potato I count that as my carbohydrate.

Posts: 328
12/29/10 1:41 P

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.

Posts: 17,878
12/29/10 12:23 P

Like any other starch carb in moderation.. Don't drown them in butter and oil or deep fry them..

Posts: 294
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.

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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.

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12/29/10 7:28 A

Taste good but bad for diets.

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12/29/10 7:24 A

"White potatoes really have no nutritional value in them "

Soooo not true....

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12/29/10 1:43 A

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.

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12/29/10 1:07 A

Thank you so much for the amount of information you provided - much appreciated :)

Posts: 1,552
12/29/10 12:58 A

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.

Posts: 4,211
12/29/10 12:09 A

White potatoes do have nutritional value, especially if you eat the skin. Here is the nutritional profile of a medium baked potato (with skin), which I got from the SP Nutrition Database:

Baked Potato, with skin
Serving Size: 1 medium (2-1/4" to 3-1/4" dia.)

Amount Per Serving
Calories 160.4
Total Fat 0.2 g
Saturated Fat 0.1 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.1 g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.0 g
Trans Fat 0.0 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 17.3 mg
Potassium 922.9 mg !!!
Total Carbohydrate 36.5 g
Dietary Fiber 3.8 g !!!!
Sugars 2.0 g
Protein 4.3 g
Vitamin A 0.3 %
Vitamin B-12 0.0 %
Vitamin B-6 26.8 %
Vitamin C 27.6 %
Vitamin D 0.0 %
Vitamin E 0.4 %
Calcium 2.6 %
Copper 10.2 %
Folate 12.1 %
Iron 10.4 %
Magnesium 12.1 %
Manganese 18.9 %
Niacin 12.2 %
Pantothenic Acid 6.5 %
Phosphorus 12.1 %
Riboflavin 4.9 %
Selenium 1.0 %
Thiamin 7.4 %
Zinc 4.1 %

Not too shabby, if you ask me. Potatoes are starchy though, and you'll want to eat them in moderation. Too many, and you might have a sugar crash!

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12/28/10 10:55 P

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

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12/28/10 10:46 P

as per the food pyramid, they are veggies, but you should try and limit them to three servings a week because they are starchy veggies.

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12/28/10 10:42 P

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.

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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"?

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