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Sometimes, it’s what we add and put on the potatoe that adds up the calories, SparkFriends. Great eye opener.
Are you FAT? Then why is this article good for you?
1) It is almost certain that you got fat by eating too many high glycemic carbs. Cookies, crackers, chips, cakes, pies, pasta, pizza, potatoes, rice.
2) All of those things convert directly into glucose (sugar) in the bloodstream within an hour, spiking insulin.
3) Insulin drives all that sugar, which the body has no way to use in the present moment, into the cells. The cells gag on the sugar load and turn it into FAT.
4) Constant eating these high glycemic index carbs keeps the insulin levels in the bloodstream high. It is IMPOSSIBLE to burn fat when insulin levels are high. So you constantly store fat and never pull it back out. You get FAT!
5) High insulin levels, ALL BY ITSELF, is bad for the body. REALLY BAD!!! But as you eat all this sugar and starch, the insulin levels rise and the cells become insulin resistant, meaning that it takes MORE AND MORE insulin to stuff all that sugar into the cells. So your pancreas increases the amount of insulin in your body. Remember that high insulin is BAD, even if it succeeds in keeping blood glucose low.
6) Now you are diabetic, EVEN IF BLOOD GLUCOSE IS LOW!!! You are already killing yourself.
ONLY a change in diet can reverse this trend. Unless you are willing to die a gruesome death, continuing to eat this sugar / starch diet has to stop or you will NEVER LOSE WEIGHT, and you will die in your diabetes.
You are FAT because your body is out of control with high insulin levels which absolutely PREVENTS fat from coming back out to be burned by your body. You CANNOT LOSE WEIGHT with high insulin levels. Ask your doctor, ask your dietitian. Or better yet just google it. This is not rocket science.
So do NOT believe this "potato is OK" crap unless you are trying to die an early death, in which case do enjoy your potatoes. And Pizza, pies, cakes etc. Suicide by diet.
Everyone loves my garlic mashed taters!
Lol little do they know I use 1% mik and roasted garlic(lactose free) ONLY!!!
Shhhhh don't tell!!
This is an article that needs updating and needs better references as well.
For low carbers, cooked and cooled potatoes might still fit your plan, at least in small quantities. The starch that is readily absorbed by your body when the potatoes are hot changes form as it cools and provides less energy (calories) to your body, but is GREAT food for some of your gut bacteria! It's called resistant starch.
Bottom line, potatoes are good food. What we as people do to potatoes, not so much!
Now I see, article is from 2012. Currently, it's been re-posted by SP in late 2017.
What year is this article from? Is Sparkpeople not familiar with safe, real food issues like pesticides and GMOs? Is the word "organic" even used in this piece? It's such a basic issue. And low-carb eating is not a "lingering 90s' fad." This article's references are all of TWO items, one of which has something to do with a "Potato Board." That would be a commercial growers group, yes? Thanks.
When my son was diagnosed with hypoglycaemia I was watching a webinar by the diabetes association of Canada. There was a study done on the gi index of red potatoes that showed if you cooled them they actually don’t cause a big spike in sugar levels. So they were recommending potato salad as long as you don’t fill it with all sorts of crap.
One of my favorite snacks is a baked potato - add a bit of butter and grated cheese!
Real good read!
helpful information in this article. Thanks!
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