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Potatoes: Good or Bad?


Over the years, there have been many good and bad things reported about the potato. Low-carb diets made potatoes infamous for being a starch. In this article, we're going to look at both the positive and negative effects of eating potatoes.

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Positive
At only about 110 calories, potatoes are filling. They are loaded with many vitamins and nutrients, especially potassium, Vitamin C, and B6. By eating potatoes, you're getting a load of nutrients in one small package.

Negative
Potatoes will make your blood sugar levels rise as fast as pure table sugar. This is not good for your body. Not only does it result in rapid weight gain, but your insulin levels then rise to combat the rapid increase in glucose. This takes a toll on your health.

While there have been many studies that show a decrease in cancer rates and digestive problems for individuals who regularly eat of fruits and vegetables, the potato has not been shown to benefit any of these conditions.

What's even worse is that potatoes are often decorated with many saturated fats like sour cream, butter, or bacon bits. French fries are one of the most offensive foods ever created as they are loaded with trans fats as well.

The Verdict
For people who are physically fit and lead a very active lifestyle, a plain potato per day should have no effect on them. For everyone else, potatoes should carefully be eaten in moderation.


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