Many people are surprised to learn that potatoes are a great weight loss food. Those terrific taters are exceptionally nutritious, low in calories, high in fiber, and not the least bit fattening.
Super Spud – Super Satiety
Potatoes are also quite filling and satisfying. In fact, a study done at the University of Sydney in Australia showed, of 38 common foods tested, potatoes offered the highest satiety levels of them all. Potatoes provided 5 times more satiety than a piece of cake and almost 7 times the satiety level of a croissant.
Foods with higher satiety levels cause you to be more satisfied with less food. Foods with low satiety levels create cravings for more food, and, interestingly, the cravings are usually for food with low satiety levels. (Find out more about this in my 14-Day Weight Loss Program.)
Potatoes are a good source of vitamin B6, which is essential in maintaining the nervous system and for the production of serotonin.
Potatoes have twice the potassium of a banana and are a good source of iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, vitamin C, and phytonutrients.
And white potatoes are 10% protein with all of the essential amino acids provided.
Aren’t Potatoes High in Carbs?
The carbs in potatoes are unrefined, complex carbohydrates – the kind that help with weight loss. Complex carbohydrates are essential for good health. In fact, they are the preferred fuel source for each and every cell in your body.
The problem isn’t with the potato, but rather what we put on the potato. Two tablespoons of butter nearly triples the calorie count of a baked potato and adds 22 grams of fat. Add sour cream to that, and the calorie count nearly quadruples, and now we have enough fat for the entire day.
So do you have to eat your potato plain and dry?
And check out these delicious potato recipes made healthy.
Healthy Potato Recipes
Eat Well and Lose Weight
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