Potatoes have long been a beloved food of mine. Beloved might seem like an extreme word for a simple food such as this. But, I assure you, it’s accurate. As a kid, I declared early on that mashed potatoes were my all-time favorite. I always felt comfort and satisfaction while enjoying them. But, like many, I often asked “are potatoes healthy?”.
Thankfully, potatoes are indeed healthy. However, this isn’t the case when they’re accompanied by their conventional dairy sidekicks. The presence of sour cream, cheese, or milk negates the benefits, causing the potato to get a bad rap. It ends up getting blamed for symptoms and issues that are actually caused by the dairy or other unhealthy toppings.
Event though there are so many ways we enjoy them, the plain looking and seemingly simple potato is quite the underdog. If you think about the common ways potatoes are prepared, they’re usually accompanied with oil like in fries, or sour cream and cheese on a baked potato, or mayonnaise in potato salad.
When eating potatoes along with tons of fat, the liver, gallbladder, stomach, and pancreas all have a difficult time. These added fats (and sugars in the dairy) are really what are to blame, not the wholesome, nutritious potato.
The fact is, when you consume unadulterated potatoes, or at least potatoes with other health foods, you can reap the benefits of incredible nutrition. Potatoes are high in vitamins A, C, and B-Complex. They’re ripe with minerals like zinc, manganese, iron, magnesium, copper, and potassium. Potatoes also contain quercetin which is an antioxidant that is anti-cancer. In addition to all of that, potatoes are the most lysine rich food on the planet. Lysine is a potent antiviral compound that’s critical for addressing chronic health conditions.
People often think of potatoes being too high in carbs. But the reality is the glucose in potatoes are just what the body needs to thrive! More on this below…
For maximum health benefits, enjoy potatoes steamed. This helps keep the nutrients more intact.
If you are someone who suffers from a health condition or symptom, potatoes can likely be of great support in your healing journey.
- Antiviral, antifungal, antibacterial
- Help heal digestive conditions
- Support the brain
- Fuel the liver
- Protect against blood sugar issues
- Help with weight gain
- Help heal fatty liver
- Fuel and help heal adrenals
- Great for cardiovascular health
- Help reduce anxiety and depression
- Can help address root cause of insomnia
- Heart disease
- Breast, colon, pancreatic, prostate, liver, kidney cancers
- Arthritis (including rheumatoid)
- Hemorrhoids, IBS, Chron’s, SIBO, colitis, celiac
- Graves, Hashimoto’s
- Endometriosis, reproductive issues
- Autoimmune conditions
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Emotional and Spiritual Benefits
Just like all whole foods, potatoes can offer emotional and spiritual support as well. They are great at helping provide a foundation for us through difficult times. They’re wonderful at grounding and centering us. Spuds help provide a sense of belonging, as they grow in clusters and are supported by those around them as they mature. They help us to reveal our true nature.
Potatoes for Diabetics
Unfortunately, potatoes have been commonly believed to be harmful for diabetics. Potatoes aren’t to blame for the rise in A1C levels. As pointed out above, the fat in the oil and dairy products sidekicks are the culprits. When we eat fat and sugar together, the fat literally blocks the sugar and insulin from entering cells. There is an actual insulin resistance that takes place due to the fat.
Eating potatoes with herbs or tomatoes or other veggies is not only a safer option but it’s healthy. You might be surprised at how many healthy potato recipes exist. It’s so much more satisfying to enjoy eating potatoes while knowing you’re nourishing your body rather than having to feel guilty from eating all of that oil and fat!
Favorite Ways to Eat Potatoes
You might be wondering how to even enjoy potatoes if not as fries, a loaded baked potato, or creamy mashed potatoes. Don’t fret, there are so many ways to nourish and indulge. Below are some of my favorite ways:
- Air fried
- Baked, topped with salsa and fresh veggies
- Steamed over greens with herbs and lemon juice
- Steamed, blended with herbs and veggie broth to make a creamy sauce
- Boiled or steamed and mashed, add a little seasoning and nut milk for some creaminess
No matter who you are, it’s highly likely you can find great benefit from bringing in more potatoes into your life! You might be surprised at just how delicious unadulterated potatoes are!
For some wonderfully, yummy potato recipes, check out this “Potatoes” ebook.
For more ideas about healing foods you can bring into your diet, check out this post.