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”.

White potatoes are a high glycemic index food that rivals pure sugar in its ability to spike blood sugar levels, which contributes to weight gain and increases the risk for diabetes.

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.

Glycemic Index=85
Glycemic Load=26
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.

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About The Author

Kelley Herring, founder of Healing Gourmet, is a natural nutrition enthusiast with a background in biochemistry. Her passion is educating on how foods promote health and protect against disease and creating simple and delicious recipes for vibrant health and enjoyment.

Kelley Herring – who has written posts on Healing Gourmet.

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