It’s such a shame, the misunderstanding around potatoes nowadays. People are regarding potatoes as unhealthy and avoiding them. Potatoes are high in carbohydrates and hence, should be cut out of our diets. NO NO NO, NO WAY!! That’s all wrong. Yes, we need to be mindful of the carbs we consume but, that is different to completely cutting them out. Think about what we would be missing out on. The delicious oven roasted hasselback potatoes, silky smooth mashed potatoes, baked potatoes and so much more.
One of the biggest concerns people have with potatoes, which gives them a bad reputation is their high glycaemic index (GI). Glycaemic index refers to how quickly a carbohydrate breaks down into sugar causing spikes in blood insulin levels and increase in fat storage. This is a concern, especially for diabetics and people with obesity and heart disease. We are by no means encouraging a high potato diet. However, that does not mean we can’t safely enjoy a healthy side of boiled, mashed, baked or hasselback potatoes here or there.
So, today I would like to clarify how we can enjoy this wonderfully nutritious vegetable. Firstly, how about choosing a low GI potato variety? One of our favourites would have to be Carisma potatoes, a variety of lower GI potatoes. This allows us to enjoy the good source of fibre, potassium and vitamin C that potatoes provide. Waxy potatoes and sweet potatoes have lower GI. Besides choosing the right potato, make sure you’re mindful of how you are cooking them and what you are serving them with. A few ways to lower the GI when having potatoes include boiling, eating the potato skins, cooking then with olive oil and serving with a green salad.
If I haven’t convinced you yet. Have you watched The Martian? It is an awesome Matt Damon movie and all I will say is potatoes are important.