Potatoes: Why Are They So Awesome?
Reason 1: Vitamins & Minerals
Potatoes might seem a dull and lifeless root, that doesn’t contain much of anything but my friend you would be mistaken. Potatoes are packed full of many beneficial vitamins and minerals that are necessary for human life.
Potatoes are full of many B vitamins, vitamin C, Iron, Magnesium, Zinc, Copper, Sulphur, Potassium, and Sulphur. Making it a powerhouse for human health, and has even been shown to outrank onions, carrots in terms of antioxidant activity. Potatoes have even been shown in studies to be able to reduce inflammation, and help with cardiovascular health, most likely because of the high amounts antioxidants they contain.
There is one catch however when it comes to obtaining the great nutrients that these tubers contain, and that is that most of the beneficial vitamins and minerals are found in the skin. Yes I know we have all had that baked potato that we tried to eat with the skin and got nothing but a mouthful of what tasted like pure delicious dirt. The best thing that you can do for that is number one clean your potato before you cook it, next you should try different kinds of potatoes (I have found that russet potatoes are the ones that taste like dirt most often), and finally try cooking them differently occasionally you will see that the skin can be the best part!
Reason 2: Starch
Starch isn’t just something that you use to get the wrinkles out of your jeans when you iron them. Starch is a carbohydrate that is found in many plants, and is broken down into the main fuel source that our bodies use called glucose. Potatoes are high in a specific kind of starch called resistant starch. The reason it is called resistant starch is because it isn’t broken down in the gut, but makes its way to the microbiota and is a good form of prebiotic to feed the bacteria of your microbiome. Resistant starch has been shown to help with helping improve insulin sensitivity, digestion issues, risk of colon cancer, help with absorption of minerals, and increases butyrate in the microbiome. Potatoes regularly have a good amount of resistant starch in them, but an easy way to allow them to gain even more is by cooking them and letting them cool down. No you don’t have to eat cold potatoes, because even when you heat them back up the resistant starch remains and you can still get the beneficial effects.
Reason 3: Satiety
Potatoes above other carbohydrates are extremely satisfying when it comes to overall satiety. What I mean by this is that you stay full for longer and have less hunger after consuming potatoes rather than other carbohydrate sources. I have found this to be true on a personal level. I have tried to use the classic chicken and rice bodybuilding diet, and found myself starving after about an hour after eating even though my calories were in point. Once I got away from that and started to eat potatoes with my main meal however this all changed. Once I get finished with my main meal of the day that contains a hefty portion of potatoes I don’t even think about food for hours on end because I am completely satisfied, but don’t just take my word for it, let’s look at what the research says. In one study that looked at the satiety index of 38 different foods boiled potatoes actually scored the highest. It’s also been shown that consuming potatoes with a meal resulted in less overall energy (caloric) intake than a meal with either rice or pasta. So if you are trying to stay satisfied on a low calorie diet, or are trying to maintain your weight but still find yourself being hungry I highly recommend putting some good organic potatoes into your diet.
What They Do Not Have Makes Them Awesome Too!
In a lot of foods, such as nuts and many leafy greens, there are things called antinutrients. Antinutrients are things in certain foods that have an adverse effect on the absorption of key micronutrients in the body, or bioenergetic system of the body. Some examples of antinutrients are things like phytic acid which has been shown to absorb minerals from the body leading to micronutrient deficiencies, phytoestrogens which have been shown to lead to excess estrogen in the human body, and goitrogens which have very detrimental effects on the health of the thyroid gland. Potatoes on the other hand contain little to no phytic acid whatsoever, making all of the nutrients in them completely available for the body to be able to use, with no adverse effects on the hormonal balance, or micronutrient content of the body. They do not naturally contain any phytoestrogens, although if they have been left in the heat in plastic or are ladened in pesticides this could easily change. They also do not contain any goitrogens, allowing them to contribute to optimal thyroid health and skyrocketing your metabolism, as long as you don’t fry them up in PUFAs, which ruins almost all benefits they have to offer.
Hey Chris, what about the lectin content in potatoes? I love potatoes and was told to limit them because of it's lectin content. What is your take on that? Do we have to consider that because they are saying that humans can't digest lectin and too much destroys your gut wall damaging your body's ability to absorb nutrients? Is it true? What is the science on that? I trust and value your opinion and am encouraged by this video because I too like yourself absolutely love potatoes. Thank you.
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This in tandem with your recorded videos that get likes and shares and gets ranked for ppl like me to discover you and subscribe will grow your channel even more, and then the live interaction in real time with the live streams will add a new dynamic to that where you will be able to interact with your audience in real time and receive support financially via the super chats.
The 2 formats compliments each other. I just see other Youtubers doing it and it would work tremendously for you as well. You have very good content and like myself, I can see many others flocking to your channel for both your recorded content that will get likes & shares and get you ranked more and more to get you even more subscribers. While the live streams will get thousands of us to tune in in real time. And many of us will contribute money via the super chat feature. Just my 2 cents in support of your channel. I love what you do and want to support it any way that I can.
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Regular seed potatoes are sprayed with a fungicide so yet another reason to eat organic. Also potatoes are high in oxalates so if this is a problem for you, be cautious about overdoing. The red skinned potatoes are lowest in oxalate and may be an option for those on a oxalate restricted diet. Also be aware that anytime you heat a starch such at potatoes to the point of browning or crisping, it causes the formation of acrylamide which is carcinogenic. To be on the safe side, enjoy your potatoes boiled or mashed. I love making mashed potatoes with fresh snipped herbs from my garden. Very tasty!
I started eating potatoes back in January and lost about a pound a week every week for 18 weeks. I leveled out after that, but I truly believe that a balanced diet, free of overly processed foods is key.
If you are following the protocol laid out in thethermodiet.com you are going to be plenty insulin sensitive to handle potatoes. Also it has been shown that a 24 hour fast can almost if not completely reset insulin sensitivity so you may want to look into that as well.
I recommend getting in a balanced portion of macronutrients in the diet. As far as eating them at the same time I make a thermo bowl everyday that contains all the macros and absolutely love it and haven't seen any negative effects
Yep as long as calories are the same they are both going to allow you to lose the same amount of weight in the long run, one of them is just a lot more better for the body in the long run then the other.
If carbs dont make you fat then why every time I limit them(including potatoes) I loose weight. But if you are a pre 40's active male carbs wont don't do as much damage, but any carb is going to slow fat burning to a point.
No way trust me on this. When I started IF fasting 4 years ago and lost a ton of weight in one month just not eating carbs in the morning but eating the same amount of calories or if not more in the afternoon and I lost a ton of weight. Since then I do a OMAD integrated Keto through the years and trust me most of my calories come from fat but the more I cut the carbs raise the fat(fat being more calorie dense) the wore weight comes off. The thing is that carbs slow the fat burning process so that's why the calorie in and out can me a mute point. Being 46 years old I can see what works because I can eat potatoes at 25 and not have the same result at 46 because I don't have extra testosterone hanging around to get rid of my mistakes.
Up to now everyone "in the know" has said for bodybuilding to AVOID Potatoes. But your showing that they are okay. I do like them but guess to stay away from "fried" taters and okay if don't overdo it to eat potatoes otherwise. Thank you!
Christopher this guy's ad pops up while waiting for your video. We get so much mixed and bad info. He claims you should eat MINT. You say we shouldn't. How do we know who to listen to??? Not just about mint about all of it?? https://www.organifishop.com
I cannot speak for him, but I make sure to look at the body as a whole and look at each part working in conjunction with every other part of the body to maintain optimal health. I believe that the basis of optimal health is optimal metabolic and hormonal functioning which can be maximized by proper diet and lifestyle. Ensuring that you have the best possible micronutrient status and are decreasing stress hormones as much as possible to allow protective hormones to rise and heal the body.
Hey Chris, those Greek potatoes you refer to are called Patátes Lemonátes (πατάτες λεμονάτες). Usually they are paired with chicken but are just as good without. Easy to prepare comfort food (recipes online), people should eat more of them!
beware of raw juiced potatoes...it closed up my air passage in an instant once ...almost killed me, till wife had me stick my head in our freezer to get me breathing...she learned that in first aid, thank God & her too!
if I see one more smiling steroidal hunk holding a bunch of colorful artfully arranged vegetables with a scenic background while touting some crack pot nutritional dogma, I'm going to shot my computer screen!
Potatoes are a nightshade veggie that have considerably more nicotine than tobacco leaves. Nicotine is hydrogen cyanide. Let's have a vid about the wonderful health benefits of cigarettes. Tobacco has the highest quality plant protein. Lots of other nutrients, too. Have a tobacco leaf salad to go along with your potato. Or hey, you can eat the salad and smoke the potato skins...outdoors, of course.
but most of the potatoes are GMO one's. by the way chris, thanks a lot for the reply. means a lot to me. on a similar note, can you clear the confusion on sugar intake and leaky gut. there are innumerable number of doctors, even you tubers asking us to avoid white sugar and other simple sugars, coz they are known to support candida bacteria and other unhealthy microbes in the gut. whereas, the PIONEER RAY PEAT has a completely different opinion. but his videos are like recorded files and somewhat complex to understand. can you simplify the matter and provide your own opinion about the effect of sugar on gut health... please... its always a pleasure listening to you...
If you consume your potatoes in a meal setting (with fiber, protein and some fat) there wont be that GI skyrocket that people fear. Besides, mashed sweet potatoes with cinnamon is literally one of the steadiest insulin climbs you can consume. Yeah simple carb snacking on its own isnt a great choice but outside of post workout people pair these carbs with other things that create a much slower and healthier insulin/glucose spike
The video shows a person slicing a peeled potato. However most of the minerals and vitamins are in the skin and the starch in the potato itself. Good to know potatoes are beneficial. I don't feel so guilty about eating them now.
Sensolin!!! That's what I was trying to remember. I'm going to your website right now and order that. I don't know how I could be insulin resistant. I'm almost 6 feet tall and only weight 153 pounds. I eat very well and healthy. I don't snack on chips and crap and I don't eat junk food. I eat a lot like you eat. How does that happen?
That is true but an allergy or intolerance to an potato is not common, even people with an intolerance to nightshades they almost always can have potatoes. Something that helped my eczema alot is foodcombining, call it 'bro science' but if i have meat with my potatoes i get red itchy patches on my head, but if i seperate starch and protein i am fine. I expirimented with it and for me personally it works wonders
I don't think it is very good especially for my age
Especially when it is cooked
Yes I agree they are full with nutritionists when they are
raw but when it is cooked !! Become high Glycemic index anything is over 70 GI is not good for me potatos are have high GI and GL
Hi fatdepressedveg knight ,
You are right ...my longeviv family rule was the same like you say ...
When introduce it a new food was for 28 days ..
Bc the body to react corectly and to u can see clearly if is that ..
Need 4 circle of 7 day ..
And the cellular level it is 28 day circle...
And in many situation to start the change you have to calculate the body temperature too ..
But my english writhing is not good 😉to explain you old ppl old good rules ...
Even in laboratory is exist this law when testing new drugs...
1x28 day or 3x28 day
And 1 of their rules is dry fasting friday ..
The other colonic ...enemas...
+Taylor Van Buskirk Hi ,
I'm come frome a longeviv family ,
my dady 87 and happy and healthy, my mama died at 55 on accident,
But my dady had 6 sisters 5 of them lived between 85and 92 ....and ther husbands too 80 - 87
And the nr 6. sister lived 79 and died bc work on the garden in big sunny day whit out water and hate....and had aneurysm...
And my mama had 1 sister and 1 brothers ..
Her sister died at 89 her husbands died at 85 ,and her brother my uncle have 89 y old and happy ..but have some Calcium problems ..can't assimilate calcium ...
His wife died at 80 ....accident .
Big loving family .... and my dady told to his dr last year on the annual check:
When his dr told him drink 1,1/2- 2 liter water ...bc the body need it ...
and trying to convince my dady to become VEGAN bc is good on his age and to explain to stop eat animal product , ...
" YOUNG MAN YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT, DON'T TELL ME STUPID STUFFS, OK?
THIS IS IDIOTIC DOGMA ,ADVERTISING EXOTIC FRUITS , BROWN RICE , SUPLIMENTS ETC ....
WHO YOU THINK HAVE BENEFITS ON THIS ? YOU THE STUPID CONSUMER ....??
NO DEAR DR ...
THE BIG CORPORATIONS...
YOU ARE YOUNG MAN DON'T KNOW HOW LIFE IS....
WHEN YOU OPEN YOUR EYES HOPE IS NOT TO LATE... "
And the dr smiles on me like my dady is to old and ...
But my dad see his reaction and told him :
" WHAT ARE YOU BLINKING ON MY DAUGHTER? YOU THINK IM SENAIL LOST MY MENTAL FACULTY?
IM 87 ON 88 YOU 32 ..I WORKED ON FINANCING....( and hi grabd some paperwork on the dr table and calculates all in 3 min ,whit out glasses and no pencils)
And hi told the dr:
YOU NEAD SOME BUTTER FOR YOU BRAIN ..BC YOUR TO SLOW TO THINKING..
COME ON TEST ME ,..
TELL ME 20-30 WDS ..LIKE BONES NAMES MEDICAL STUFFS, TO DONT SAY TO YOUR Dr AND IM EX FINANCING ...
MY BLOOD PRESSURE FINE ALL MY BLOOD... CHECKS FINE AND YOU TELL ME STUPID STUFFS ? "
And he forced/challenge his dr to test his mental health, and hi was shock how fast and eassy remember 35 wds...
My dad told him : " The SECRET OF THE LONG HELTH LIFE
IS THE BALANCED DIET LIKE IN THE BIBLE ,
REGULAR MEAL TIMES, SMALL PORTIONS...
.AND NOT ONLY VEGAN OR ONLY CARNIVOR .....
AND FOR BRAIN TO READ EVERY DAY SOMETHINGS ...TO LEARN SOMTHING ,...
AND TO LAUGHING EVERY DAY ...AND SLEEP WELL AT NIGHT 22 - 06 ..."
---I DONT MODELING MY SELF AFTER THE WORLD
I MODELING THE WORLD FOR MY NEEDS ----
( im not fantastic to translate 😃forgive me )
We always eat butter and pasture eggs 1-2 a day , 2 day a week raw mature bacon in salt .. ( not boild )
(The natural fat have enzims which help the absorption of the faty vitamins like vit A , E ...)
Fish 2 times a week, potatoes almost evry day , vegetables and fruits evry day ...
2 time in month beef liver , 1 time generally Sunday beef steak...
Rooster meat., lamb..1time in months
So... eat well ,laughs lot ,..have a long happy life .