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 received his MD. Dr. Simpson, a renowned weight loss surgeon, is a leading advocate of culinary medicine. 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.