Heresy Of The Day, White Potatoes Are Not Evil!

Harmless potatoes waiting for someone to take them home.

Harmless potatoes waiting for someone to take them home.

Yes, you read that right, I said, White Potatoes are not evil. Now, before you call the cops, or a priest, let me explain.

I know how popular it is to dis the russet, but I urge you to do your own homework and revisit our old friend, Tater. Long before fad diets and processed foods and chemical fertilizers, the lowly white potato was the dietary staple of many countries. In fact, it is credited with saving the lives of entire people groups. It was the primary food of the Inca and in the early 1800s, often the only food in Ireland. Due the severe cost of the American Revolution, the English encouraged the tuber’s cultivation at home, where it caught on and saved the country during times of grain crop failures.

It is only recently that the common spud has become a social pariah. And if we look below the skin (Get it? Skin? as in, Potato Skin? Oh, never mind.) we’ll find that most of the bad stuff associated with potatoes is the fault of agricultural mistakes or nutritional misinformation.  I want to take a couple minutes and dig up the truth in order to reclaim the potato’s rightful place in the food pyramid.

A medium sized potato has only 150 calories and despite it’s bad reputation for carbohydrates, contains only 11% of our daily carb requirements? Doubt me? Google it!

That same potato provides a quarter of your daily need for Potassium (twice as much as a banana), and 20% of your daily fiber.

Wait, I’m not done yet. Mr. spud will also get you 1/3 of your daily vitamin C and 20% of your Vitamin B6.

Still think Tatties are a bad idea? I didn’t think so. Oh, did I mention they are CHEAP to buy and can be prepared a multitude of ways?  Please, stop hating on the potato. I don’t even care if you put an e on the end. Spuds are good for you, filling, and taste fantastic.

There is, however, one negative to consider when reintroducing these delicious tubers back into your diet, and I’d be remiss not to mention it, or how to avoid it.

Potatoes are roots. Many people call them, tubers. Because they grow underground, they can collect residue from everything that’s sprayed on the plant or on the soil. Conventionally grown potatoes are loaded (oops, pardon the pun) with chemical fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides. That is absolutely NOT something we want to do.

To get around it, simply buy organic potatoes, or grow your own. It’s that simple.

So, my advice is, bring the tater back home. Bake them. Boil Them. Put them in your soups and stews. Roast them. Toast them. Welcome them. Turns out they have been falsely accused. Now the conviction can be overturned. I think I might just pop one in the oven right now, then crank up the volume as I listen to a little Bob Marley “Redemption Song”.

 

How do you like your potatoes? Why do you think they get such bad press? I love to hear your thoughts.

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3 thoughts on “Heresy Of The Day, White Potatoes Are Not Evil!

  1. Browsing through old posts I found this… I thought I’d share my favorite way to eat potatoes. Simply wash them well, pierce them with a fork, cover in olive oil and microwave for about 4 minutes. They won’t quite be done at this point but you can cut them open, butter them, cover them in a layer of spinach and then liberal amounts of cheese (perhaps 3 slices at 70cal each), broccoli and fresh-cut garlic (I mean like two whole cloves for a medium potato) then microwave them again until the cheese bubbles! This is so stupid easy to make and is a delicious vegetarian dinner (one of the few I know how to cook). It’s so VERY tasty, low in sodium, low in fat, packed with vitamins, decent protein and hard to resist!

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