One Potato, two potatoes, three…

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One Potato, two potatoes, three…

Tips to be Fit

By Vince Faust

Many people don’t eat potatoes because it’s said they make you fat. This isn’t true. Over eating, not eating enough or not exercising are the bad habits that will make you fat.

Every day in the news some group tells us that a food is bad for us. Most of the information has no scientific evidence. Most of the information about potatoes is wrong.

The potato is the biggest vegetable crop in the United States and the fourth most consumed vegetable in the world. Rice is number one, wheat is second and corn is third, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Potatoes are an excellent vegetable. Most people are familiar with brown potatoes. Potatoes come in various colors that include yellow, red, and purple. One large potato has zero fat before you add the butter, sour cream or bacon bits. Potatoes are also high in potassium and low in calories. Bake or boil potatoes instead of frying them. You should eat them plain. Potatoes are great in a salad. You should store your potatoes in a cool, dry, dark place with good air circulation. Potatoes should never be stored in the refrigerator. The starch content will turn to sugar, which will give them an undesirable taste. Refrigeration will also destroy the texture and some of the nutritional value. Don’t store potatoes near onions, because the gases that they each emit will cause both to spoil quickly. A burlap or paper bag is the best container to store them.

The carbohydrate in potatoes is in the form of starch. The carbohydrate range from 66-90% of dry weight. Potatoes have sugars. They include sucrose, glucose and fructose. Potatoes are rank high on the glycemic index. The glycemic index is a measure of how foods affect the rise in blood sugar after a meal. Potatoes may be in the medium range, depending on variety and cooking methods. Cooling the potatoes after cooking can lessen the effect on blood sugar and lower the glycemic index by 25-26%.

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