Are Potatoes Good For Diabetes?


Hello, I’m Ty Mason from TheDiabetesCouncil.com,
researcher, writer and I have type 2 diabetes. Today I’m going to answer the question, are
potatoes good for diabetes. But before we get into that, make sure you
download my free diabetes management book which also includes a diabetes grocery shopping
guide (foods to eat and avoid) and other tips to better manage your blood sugar to avoid
complications by clicking the link below. OK, there will be those who will agree with
me today and those who disagree. The debate over the almighty spud is high. There are those who say that people with diabetes
not only can eat potatoes but actually should eat them. There are others that say those with diabetes
shouldn’t even look at a potato. I would say the answer lies somewhere between
the 2 camps. According to the International Potato Center
website (yes this is actually true) “There are more than 4,000 varieties of native potatoes,
mostly found in the Andes. They come in many sizes and shapes. There are also over 180 wild potato species. Though they are too bitter to eat, their important
biodiversity includes natural resistances to pests, diseases, and climatic conditions.” The potato is the vegetable that is eaten
more than any other in the US. We love our potatoes. French fried, baked, mashed, however you like
them, potatoes are truly a large part of the American diet. As a matter of fact, most people refer to
their preference of meal plan as one that is “meat and potatoes.” The two most common consumed potatoes in the
US are the Russet or Idaho potato and the Yukon Gold. Now, as I said there are 8,000 known varieties
and I am sure someone just said, well I eat purple Peruvians. Good for you. But most people in the US prefer the big Idaho
potato for baking and the thin skinned Yukon Gold for mashing. But what about those of us with diabetes? Should we be like most Americans and dive
in to the meat and potatoes? Well, regardless of which variety of common
potato you desire, the glycemic index is in the ball park of 85 as an average. This means the average GL of potatoes is 26. Both levels are considered high. So, are potatoes good for diabetes? No they aren’t. The high carb content will have an adverse
effect on your blood sugar. Does this mean you can’t enjoy a baked potato
every now and then? Of course you can. Just be sensible in your portions and toppings. I hope this answered your question are potatoes
good or bad for diabetes. Don’t forget to get your diabetes management
book by clicking the link in the description box below. Let me know if you have any other diabetes
related questions. Thank you
I am Ty Mason

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