The low-carb cults have maligned the potato as a poor choice for nutrition but consider the facts:
Potatoes have more potassium than bananas
Potatoes are gluten free
Potatoes have 15% of the recommended daily fiber content
Potatoes have 27% of the recommended vitamin B6
Potatoes have 28% of the recommended amount of vitamin C
Potatoes have a higher concentration of protein than Whey and a higher biologic value than soy beans
Boiled potatoes provide the highest satiety score of most foods
While it has a high glycemic index, the immediate spike in blood glucose after eating has NEVER been shown to be deleterious in the long run.
A person can live on a diet of potatoes for years – one in three Irish did prior to the potato famine
If you want a healthy diet you will give up fries, but you will include some baked or boiled potatoes – but use simple seasonings to reduce caloric intake.
Dr. Terry Simpson
Dr. Terry Simpson received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Chicago where he spent several years in the Kovler Viral Oncology laboratories doing genetic engineering. He found he liked people more than petri dishes, and went to medical school. Dr. Simpson, a weight loss surgeon is an advocate of culinary medicine. The first surgeon to become certified in Culinary Medicine, he believes teaching people to improve their health through their food and in their kitchen. On the other side of the world, he has been a leading advocate of changing health care to make it more "relationship based," and his efforts awarded his team the Malcolm Baldrige award for healthcare in 2011 for the NUKA system of care in Alaska and in 2013 Dr Simpson won the National Indian Health Board Area Impact Award. A frequent contributor to media outlets discussing health related topics and advances in medicine, he is also a proud dad, husband, author, cook, and surgeon “in that order.” For media inquiries, please visit www.terrysimpson.com.