Though we love the batata or bateta or aloo or potato in our food, we also love to blame the poor tuber for our weight gain! Let’s face it – whether mashed, baked or roasted, people often consider potatoes as comfort food. Did You Know that potatoes are NOT inherently fattening? But if you choose to add butter or sour cream to potatoes or choose to fry it and eat it or eat chips you increase the numbers of calories and fat grams significantly and yes – that does make you fat!
For my technical – questioning – calculating minds –
Boiled potatoes are low in calories and fat, but high in fiber (responsible in making you feel full) and nutrients. They are naturally rich in vitamins and minerals, particularly potassium, phosphorus, B-complex vitamins and vitamin C. A large, unpeeled boiled potato is rich in B-complex vitamins, which help your body form blood cells and make energy from the protein, carbohydrates and fat from the food you eat.
A boiled potato provides more than half of the vitamin B-6 you need each day, as well as about 30 percent of your recommended daily intake for thiamin and niacin. It is also high in vitamin C, giving you one-half of your daily requirement for that nutrient.
Because the potato is a root vegetable, it is rich in essential minerals that help you build strong bones and benefit your nerve and muscle function. A large potato, boiled in its skin, provides 1.1 grams of potassium, one-fourth of the potassium you need daily. It also gives you about one-fifth of the magnesium and phosphorus you need each day. A potato has 5.4 grams of fiber, about the same amount as a bowl of bran flakes cereal – so bring back the poha with batata and other vegetables for breakfast instead!
And AGAIN – the most important thing here like any other food item or group is the concept of MODERATION. Anything less or anything in excess is not good. So yes eat the potato in your veggie, but eat other veggies too – in the right quantity.
Now coming to the couch potato bit! Exercise is an essential component of life, just like eating. I am not talking about fancy exercise or equipment. Take small steps. Just motivate yourself to exercise. Our body, our joints need exercise – not excess not less – Just RIGHT!! So if nothing just start with a walk for about 30-40 mins a day, 5 times a week! Regular exercise helps you gain muscle weight and shed fat weight (Remember Fat loss is important!). And most importantly focus wellness, reducing body fat and a sustainable healthy lifestyle.