Potatoes are member of the Solanaceae family and are the number one vegetable crop in the world.
In recent years, we’ve discovered there’s a dark side to this seemingly innocuous “comfort food”.
They are also listed on the Dirty Dozen – the top twelve crops most contaminated with pesticides.
A Healthy Alternative to Plain Potatoes
If you love taters (but value your health!), opt instead for sweet potatoes.
And to satisfy your craving for “mashers”, try our Mock Mashed Potatoes – which substitute low carb cauliflower for blood-sugar spiking spuds.
Potatoes: Glycemic Index & Antioxidant Information
Potatoes rank a high 85 on the glycemic index with a glycemic load of 26. This makes them a very high glycemic food that spikes blood sugar levels rapidly, contributing to insulin resistance and weight gain.
Antioxidant Score (ORAC)=1,680
*Baked russet potato
While an occasional roasted Russet or smashed red jacket won’t cause much harm, your best bet is to avoid this high-glycemic, low nutrient food.