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Replacing potatoes: What are healthy substitutes?

  1. Last weekend I received a very interesting question. I was actually amazed that I have not written an article about this before. This question was as follows:

  1. What are good substitutes for potatoes? A

  1. First of all, the question is of course why you should replace potatoes. If this turns out to be a very healthy source of vitamins and minerals, is it wise to exchange the spuds?

Pros and â € “cons of potatoes

  1. First of all I want to tell you that potatoes contain many good nutrients. Potatoes are rich in various types of fiber and vitamin B6. It is a good source of energy, carbohydrates, proteins, magnesium, iron, zinc and a small amount of vitamin C.

  1. Precisely because potatoes are rich in carbohydrates, it is a perfect source when you need a lot of energy and do a lot of sports, for example.

  1. This is a direct disadvantage of potatoes. It causes a big spike in your blood sugar. That is why potatoes are absolutely not suitable to eat regularly if you suffer from diabetes, for example.

  1. Nowadays it is often thought that potatoes are fatteners, this is not entirely correct. They are only fattening when the glucose will be converted into extra body fat.

  1. My own rule is to rarely eat potatoes, simply because potatoes are high in the glycemic index.

  1. When you exercise a lot, you need a lot of energy. So it is certainly not a problem for athletes if you regularly eat potato products.

  1. If you suffer from diabetes it is better to leave potatoes.

Jerusalem artichoke

  1. At the Jerusalem artichoke you eat the root of the plant. You can cook the Jerusalem artichoke as well as eat it raw. When you boil it, it is ready quickly (5-8 minutes). When you eat it raw, you can do this by cutting it into small slices (peel the skin first). Jerusalem artichokes contain inulin, a carbohydrate that cannot be digested by humans. As a result (unlike the potato) the insulin level does not rise.


  1. The parsnip looks like a large white carrot. It has an aniseed flavor and will grow to about 20 inches long. Most people eat this root by boiling it, however you can eat it by stewing it first. Very nutritious and contains, among other things, calcium and carotene.

Mashed cauliflower

  1. We have all eaten mashed potato: potato mash. But do you already know this variant? In fact, I haven't tried it myself.


  1. The celeriac is available all year round in the Netherlands and has a spicy taste. This is especially tasty in pea soup and contains, among other things, vitamin C (large amount) and vitamin B.


  1. In order not to completely punish the potato, just summarize the article in a number of lines.

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