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Are potatoes fattening?

  1. Potatoes have been a real staple food in Dutch cuisine for centuries. Not for nothing, because you can do anything with them, and they are easy and cheap. An ideal combination, you would think at first sight. Still, the standard AGV is being pushed further and further away in most kitchens.

  1. The reason: the persistent story that potatoes would make you gain weight. How much of that is true? Are potatoes fattening or is this another exaggerated myth from the overstrained health industry? In today's blog, we will explain exactly how those traditional Dutch tubers are doing.

Are potatoes fattening?

  1. To begin with, let's see where potatoes' reputation as fatteners comes from. We do not have to search long: this is again about the low-carbohydrate diet that has become very popular in recent years. The idea is very simple. Carbohydrates (fast sugars) are said to be stored as fat immediately after eating.

  1. However, this only happens when you eat too much of it! Are you eating more carbohydrates than your body can process? Then the excess energy will be stored as body fat. So you have, as it were, a 'buffer' for the number of carbohydrates you can eat, so make use of that!

  1. Carbohydrates are the most important source of energy. You need them to be able to exercise intensively and thus build and / or maintain muscle mass. In addition, they contain important vitamins, minerals and fiber. A strict low-carbohydrate diet gives results just as quickly, but it is not wise in the long term.

Calories potatoes

  1. So carbohydrates are not necessarily bad. Is there any other reason to believe that potatoes are fattening? Well, no, actually not - on the contrary, potatoes are relatively slim, assuming you don't throw a lot of greasy gravy over your potatoes. Ultimately, losing weight and gaining weight is all about the calories you take in and consume.

  1. However, potatoes do not contain as many calories as many people think! 200 grams of boiled potatoes provide about 150-160 calories. In addition, potatoes are very filling. You will feel fulfilled while taking in relatively little energy - which is extremely important if you want to achieve and maintain a healthy weight.

  1. The conclusion is therefore very simple: potatoes in themselves are certainly not unhealthy fatteners. You gain weight if you overeat all day long!

Nutritional value potatoes

  1. In addition to the low number of calories, the potato has several other advantages. As we mentioned, it is a good source of carbohydrates â € “and yes, that is a positive quality. Especially for athletes, carbohydrates are essential. In addition, your brain needs glucose to function optimally.

  1. Potatoes also contain fibers. They give you a full feeling and also keep your intestines in good condition. Finally, potatoes are a great source of vitamins and minerals. B6 is especially important in the field of vitamins. Like other vitamins from the B complex, it provides energy and good bowel function. Finally, potatoes also contain vitamin C and a little bit of protein.

Sweet potato or regular potato?

  1. One last question that comes up a lot: in health articles it is often recommended to use sweet potatoes. Are they really that much better than regular potatoes? That is generally not so bad. The sweet potato contains slightly more calcium, vitamin C and beta-carotene. On the other hand, the regular potato contains more zinc, vitamin B6 and magnesium. In terms of nutritional values, they are very similar.

  1. The glycemic index of sweet potato is slightly lower, but here too the difference is not very big. Also, the sweet potato is not a member of the nightshade family. People who are allergic to nightshade varieties will therefore be able to eat the sweet potato. And finally it is of course just a nice alternative if you fancy something different!

  2. The glycemic index of sweet potato is slightly lower, but here too the difference is not very big. Also, the sweet potato is not a member of the nightshade family. People who are allergic to nightshade species will therefore be able to eat the sweet potato. And finally it is of course just a nice alternative if you fancy something different!