Craving Potatoes? There Is a Healthy Option

Purple Potatoes

When you’re eating real food in your quest to lose weight, you might be tempted to label certain foods as ‘bad’ and avoid them. But to do so is to deny yourself many pleasures and considerable nutritional value. A good example is the potato. Despite being naturally low in calories and high in nutrition, potatoes are sometimes placed in that ‘bad’ category and left there. Rethink that position with the purple potato.

Like most potatoes, purple potatoes are of Peruvian origin. Instead of white flesh and brown skin, however, these are a deep purple inside and out. That color tells you they are loaded with anthocyanin, an antioxidant that is known to boost the immune system and help prevent some cancers. Purple potatoes have also been found to help lower blood pressure. They typically have a sweet, nutty taste, and can be used in all the ways you would use regular potatoes. Potatoes supply you with vitamin C (especially from the skin, so eat them unpeeled), potassium and lots of fiber.

No matter what a potato’s color, it’s not the culprit in weight gain. That honor goes to the stuff you put on top or the way you cook it. Purple potato French fries are just as much of a nutritional problem as their conventional counterparts. Bake your potato and use a little yogurt instead of sour cream, or make baked fries sprinkled with paprika and sea salt. You can boil purple potatoes in their skins and sprinkle with a little olive oil or balsamic vinegar and fresh herbs to add spice for awesome results.

If you’re craving potato salad, cut the calorie count by using yogurt in place of half or more of the mayo. Contact us at the Metabolic Research Center for other ways to maximize nutrition with potatoes.


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