Potatoes have gotten a bad rap, but they are actually a great addition to a plant-based diet. If you’re going to incorporate them in your diet, you just need to be smart about it.
Don’t be afraid of them, but also, don’t drench them with sour cream and butter or eat them fried! There are plenty of healthy ways to prepare potatoes!
This topic was covered by Jeff Novick, a vocal plant-based nutritionist, and dietician in an article about, “Potatoes and Diabetes, Dietary Trends and Truths About Taters.”
The crux of the article about a clinical study can be summed up in this quote:
“Our findings suggest a modest positive association between the consumption of potatoes and the risk of type 2 diabetes in women. This association was more pronounced when potatoes were substituted for whole grains.”
For the full details, click on the link above. It’s a pretty long article, but if you like facts, it’s right up your alley!
The Starch Solution
The Experts Agree: Potatoes are not a Forbidden Food
Novick is not the only one touting the wonders of starchy foods. Dr. John McDougall bases his whole diet on starches and covered it in his recent book, The Starch Solution, which I may cover at a later date.
In the meantime, you can read a summary and reviews about it on Amazon by clicking on the image of the book.
Plant-Based Potatoe Recipes
There are so many great recipes to try that are low in fat and delicious. How about trying my Oil-Free Roasted Potato recipe (pictured above), or one of these listed below.
- Thai Curried Potatoes with Chard
- Chili Topped Potatoes with Corn Salsa
- Roasted Potato Salad
- Scalloped Potato and Cabbage Salad
- Black Bean Soup with Sweet Potatoes
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