My three year old son does not like to eat vegetables….. He likes only potatoes. I am afraid that is will become fat. My Father in Law has the same choice. He is diabetic and he loves to share French fries with his grandson. Please tell me what to do?
Potato contributes to obesity and it is harmful for diabetic patients……. This statement has been negated by horticulture produce management institute, Lucknow India. In fact they claim that it has very low cholesterol. It is about 0.1 % hence potato itself is not harmful but yes if we fry it in oil and ghee then only it is harmful. …… as far as its connection with diabetes is concerned it has high glucose and thus it is avoided for diabetes patients.
However as it has less cholesterol and a balanced amount of carbohydrate, it is recommended as a low calorie food in western countries.
They have also claimed that compared to India consumption of potato in countries like USA, Poland, Russia is much higher and they usually fry the potato in oil and butter ( For example In French fries and other fast food items)and hence it is considered as a high calorie food.As per their studies potato has 75% water, 16 % carbohydrate, 3% protein, 0.6 % fibers and 0.1 % cholesterol and some minerals but the qualities of potatoes are retained if it is eaten boiled. It is a low calorie food. Each 100 gram potato has 80 calorie, whereas rice has 364 calorie, wheat has 332 k.
In India potatoes are used along with other vegetables mainly to make curry which lessens its glucose content so if we cook potato along with other vegetables then it can be eaten by diabetic patients also.
Each 100 gram potato has 20-30 mili gram vitamin c which is more than carrots and onion.
Potato has very low sodium and hence it is good for people with high blood pressure.
It is also recommended that potato should be cooked along with its peel to retain its qualities.