No food has been more unjustly maligned over the years than the potato. When we think of the lowly spud, all of the unhealthy preparation methods immediately come to mind – French fries, chips, potato skins loaded with cheese and bacon, or mashed potatoes prepared with tons of butter and cream.
While it’s true these dishes are horrible for you and are likely partially to blame for the obesity crisis in this country, the potato has been a victim of the company it keeps. In reality, a potato can be incredibly healthy if prepared the right way, and is one of the most cost-effective ways to obtain clean energy and a host of micronutrients.
Glycemic Index Is Not Everything
Let’s get the whole concept of glycemic index (GI) out of the way first, because I’m sure that’s what a lot of you are thinking about. High GI leads to wild blood sugar swings, which leads to overeating and obesity, right?