The Twelve Days of Christmas are slowly coming to a close, and many people’s clothing feels a bit tight around the waist by now after all the feasting. Well, potatoes can help remedy that, believe it or not.
Potatoes by themselves are not at all fattening. It’s the toppings as well as the potatoes’ ability to absorb fat that make them a high calorie food. A plain spud has about the same caloric value as a pear! Hence, potatoes, if prepared without a lot of fat, are actually heart-healthy, that is, they can lower ‘bad’ cholesterol in the blood and thus are good in a diet designed for slow and healthy weight loss without the dreaded yo-yo effect. But they do more than help melt unwanted pounds.
Interestingly enough, potatoes (and other foods high in carbohydrates like pasta) are also said to help lower depression and anxiety somewhat. The effect has to do with inhibited production of serotonin in the brain which is (in part) the cause of mental and emotional instabilities, but that can be off-set by eating more potatoes. Besides, frequently eating potatoes (particularly unpeeled) also helps cleansing the intestines.
So bake your potatoes in foil or cook them in the jacket, and top them with quark and herbs rather than gravy, sour creme or butter. Go easy on the butter when you make mashed potatoes, and be creative! Look up low-fat potato recipes, and then enjoy the good ol’ spud to your hearts content!
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