Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Good News For Those Who Thought Potatoes Are A “Bad” Carbohydrate

Most people believe potatoes are a “bad” carb (if you have celiac disease or are gluten intolerant, you can’t eat them). But, except if you fry them, potatoes can  make a healthy meal.

According to Mike Geary, Certified Personal Trainer and Cetified Nutritionist,  there is a study that had participants eat something like 7-9 whole potatoes per day for several weeks.

At the conclusion of the study, the potato eaters had actually consistently lost weight!  The reason the people lost weight is that they were probably so full from eating all of those potatoes, that they actually consumed less calories than normal! An average sized potato only has about 100-120 calories, and you'd be full constantly from eating 7-9 potatoes each day. 

Of course, this does NOT mean that french fries are OK to eat!  Those will only make you fat, and the trans fat will lead to an early death.  Seriously, fries are one of the most deadly foods in our food supply.  Plus, deep fried potatoes build up dangerous acrylamides from the frying oil reacting with the starch, and these compounds are carcinogenic. 

Anyway, back to the 7-9 whole potatoes per day. The point is that an occasional potato is not going to hurt your efforts to get lean, especially if you combine it with some other fibrous vegetables and maybe a healthy fat and some protein.

On that note, here's one of Mike's favorite recipes for you, using potatoes.

Mike Geary's Lean-Body Potato Side Dish
  • Desired quantity of baby potatoes (Use this mixture you can find at a health food store - it is a mixture of white, red, yellow, and purple baby potatoes)
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 green pepper
  • 1 yellow pepper
  • 1 or 2 onions
  • A couple cloves of garlic, finely chopped (or mashed garlic from a jar, organic preferably)
  • 1 or 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil and/or virgin coconut oil
  • a little salt and pepper to taste (I like using a sea salt instead of normal commercial salt)
Cut the baby potatoes into slightly smaller pieces and place in a steamer until soft all the way through. Slice up the peppers and onions into strips and add with the chopped garlic into a pan with the olive oil. Cook the peppers, onions, and garlic until tender, and then add the steamed baby potatoes. Stir it all together and serve. 

This is a delicious and healthy side dish that goes great with chicken or red meat.

I hope you like this healthy potato recipe idea!

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P.S. Remember to check out Mike Geary’s ebook, The Fat Burning Kitchen.

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