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Potatoes Are Good For Weight Loss! Research suggests a partnership in moderation works!

Thursday, October 21, 2010
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Potatoes Good For Weight Loss –
Research suggests a partnership in moderation works!

Of all foods that are eliminated from a weight loss regimen, potatoes probably top the list. There is absolutely no doubt that they are calorie dense foods, but the fact remains that potatoes are quite nutritious. One medium potato provides 18% of the daily requirement of potassium, which is far more than that of a banana, and almost half the daily value of vitamin C (45 %), it contains no fat, sodium or cholesterol. So should they be completely eliminated from a ‘Healthy daily diet?’




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24 February, 2012 | Redotex | Reply

Redotex Good post and right to the point.
keep going.,..
best of luck.....

01 November, 2010 | Geetanjali | Reply

Geetanjali What I gather from this article is
"If you want to change the way you "LOOK", change the way you "COOK" potatoes" they could be healthy if consumed in moderation

01 November, 2010 | Vijayalakshmi Iyengar | Reply

Vijayalakshmi Iyengar Hello Geetanjali thats neatly & crisply put in a nutshell. The problem is people forget portion sizes and succumb to the fries.

01 November, 2010 | Surabhi Goel | Reply

Surabhi Goel What is the suggested amount of potato an adult can consume in a week?

25 October, 2010 | Kanika Jain | Reply

Kanika Jain Its great to know that that potatoes are not as bad as they are projected to be but some more studies with larger sample size might be required to say it more conclusively. Till then, its not a bad idea to include potatoes as a part of healthy and balanced diet.

25 October, 2010 | Rohan | Reply

Rohan Potatoes are what I like best - fried, baked, mashed, roasted, in some form every night for dinner.

Now I am happy to know that they are also good for me.

25 October, 2010 | Poonam | Reply

Poonam Hello Rohan,
You are very fond of potatoes, but, please ensure that you eat a variety of other vegetables as well. Also, stick to healthy cooking methods like, boiling, baking, grilling or sauteing. Avoid frying them and keep a count of their calories.

25 October, 2010 | Anna Currimbhoy | Reply

Anna Currimbhoy Study just says healthful manner? What are the healthy ways of eating potatoes? Just assure me that jacket potatoes with baked beans, corn and spinach with low fat white sauce is healthy, as it is a special item in our home.
I sometimes substitute eggs with cubes of paneer & boiled potatoes for vegetarains in our famous Currimbhoy`s salad. Is that healthy too?

25 October, 2010 | Vijayalakshmi Iyengar | Reply

Vijayalakshmi Iyengar Anna I think you have got it right. Most people attribute potato to fattening, but it is actually what you put on it or maybe frying it that causes your waistline to expand. Please do not pile on to your potatoes butter, margarine, fresh or sour cream, or high fat cheese. Instead, eat them plain or top them with nonfat yogurt or low fat cream/ sour cream. You can also lightly drizzle extra virgin olive oil and sprinkle them with chopped herbs like basil, dill, parsley, or scallions. You can also add to it grated carrot, broccoli or other veggies on top for added nutrition, fiber, and satisfying bulk. Go easy on salt too.

25 October, 2010 | Sangeetha Narayana Swamy | Reply

Sangeetha Narayana Swamy Baking, roasting, mashed, scallop or steamed - there are many ways to make the potato delicious. Its not necessary to dunk them in the deep fryer or drown them in fatty dressings and toppings, to make it tasty. Of course jacket potato with baked beans, corn and light dressing is healthy. You can always use a low fat paneer or tofu to substitute egg in a currimbhoy salad.

Be innovative, any salad that you prepare with less fat, cream, oil and sugar will be healthy and delicious.

25 October, 2010 | Nina S, Passaic, NJ | Reply

Nina S,   Passaic, NJ Anna,
Spinach with potatoes, corn and beans sounds good, but
I also make a cannelini beans, fresh baby spinach, sundried tomatoes and corn salad with a light vinnaigrette dressing.

My husband has cholesterol so we skip eggs or paneer.

23 October, 2010 | Arushi Nath | Reply

Arushi Nath What about sweet potatoes are they included in this study.
I hear they are good for health. My children like baked sweet potatoes. Can they eat it several times a week?

25 October, 2010 | Poonam | Reply

Poonam Hello Arushi,
Sweet potatoes were not included in the study. Althoough the calorific value of the two are similar, sweet poatoes have a much lower glycaemic index. Sweet potatoes are very nutritious as they are extremely rich in beta carotene and are a good source of vitamin C, both of which are potent antioxidants. They also have anti inflammatory properties. It's certainly a good idea to let your children continue to enjoy this healthy food.

25 October, 2010 | Sangeetha Narayana Swamy | Reply

Sangeetha Narayana Swamy Dear Arushi,

Sweet potatoes are a excellent source of nutrition. This root vegetable has proteins that has antioxidant properties and are excellent source of vitamin A (in the form of beta-carotene), a very good source of vitamin C and manganese, and a good source of copper, dietary fiber, vitamin B6, potassium and iron. This nutrition picture explains its anit-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

If your children enjoy sweet potatoes as a snack then you can give it to them 3-4 times a week. Also make sure they consume good amount of fruits too in their diet.

Thanks for your query.

25 October, 2010 | Arushi Nath | Reply

Arushi Nath Thank you.
Its good to know it has all these vitamins. I had once attended a seminar where they had mentioned sweet potatoes were good for my children, so I started making them for dinner in the baked potato form as my kids were used to regular baked potatoes.

23 October, 2010 | Sangeetha Narayana Swamy | Reply

Sangeetha Narayana Swamy Weight loss is all about choosing foods sensibly, foods that provide lesser calories but comes with great nutrition. Considering foods like whole grains and pulses, veggies and fruits, low-fat dairy products, lean meats with keeping portion sizes in mind will do the trick. Also practising a good exercise regimen will help sustain weight loss and lead a healthy and active life.

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