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Old 12-28-2008, 07:37 PM   #1
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Potatoes

More than any other food, potatoes seem to go back and forth between being considered healthful and harmful.

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says they are bad, but now I'm hearing about resistant starches, which make them good again.

What do you think?

Also, I'm hearing that resistant starch is most resistant when cool. But I'd think that all the food will be about the same temperature by the time it gets to the small intestine.
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Old 12-28-2008, 07:43 PM   #2
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Potatoes BAD !?!

You mean, all my ancestors were wrong !?!

Can't be.

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Old 12-28-2008, 08:07 PM   #3
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Potatoes make much better weapons than any other vegetable. Have you ever heard of a rice cannon?
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Since I'm Irish what could be wrong with potatoes or beer ?
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Saint Patrick's Day Parade - Slidell Louisiana - they can't throw the cabbages.

Now potatoes from the floats near the end of the parade route when everyone feels no pain??

Not that 'I' ever threw potatoes back at the float riders in my younger days or anything.

It wasn't me - honest.

heh heh heh - So for health food one uses a low fat gravy and low cal butter when making Po Boys with french fries on Leidenheimer's bread.
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My dinner is sitting very well so far: 1/2 a russet with lite sour cream, 1/2 a sweet potato with strawberries, orange slice and mango slices. So it will become a bomb somewhere along the digestive tract? This should be fun.
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Old 12-28-2008, 08:50 PM   #9
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White potatoes turn to sugar in your gut. Not much good about that. Humans didn't eat a significant quantity of anything like modern potatoes until the evolutionarily insignificant interval of a few thousand years ago. As a traditional, holiday comfort food, why not? As a daily staple, not on my table.
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Potatoes not healthy? Hogwash. I always eat a healthy portion of french fries with my burgers.
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My sister told me, after she returned to a trip to Ireland, of getting a slice of pizza in Dublin - it came with a potato on the side ...

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What do you think?
Okinawan sweet potatoes.

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Also, I'm hearing that resistant starch is most resistant when cool. But I'd think that all the food will be about the same temperature by the time it gets to the small intestine.
I'm thinking that the author of that claim is going to have a tough time backing it up with peer-reviewed research published by a credible journal...
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When my Dad was still alive, and the Doc had him on a somewhat restricted diet, he told him that the potato wasn't all that bad...it was all the stuff that you put on the 'tater! So he used something called 'butter buds' on his baked 'taters, because they were supposed to be at least half way good for...or at least not bad for you. Dad said that it tasted almost like the real thing....though I never tasted them myself.

We've always had 'taters with dinner, in some form or 'nother....unless dinner was basically a pasta dish (s'ghetti, lasagna, ravs, etc.). For baked 'taters I slather on real butter (not that artificial cr*pola, like margarine) and fresh ground black pepper.....YUM!

If 'taters are the worst things I ever ingest, I'll be doing fine!
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To get the benefit (if any), potato must be cooked, then chilled...... put that baked potato in the fridge, eat it cold in the am, oh, yummy.....

Al, ya gotta stop reading this stuff.....one potata, two potata, three potata, four....
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A plain baked potato without toppings would be encouraged by Weight Watchers, in preference to some other foods, since it is on their Filling Foods list. Go figure.

Too bad - - I checked and somehow they mistakenly omitted chocolate from the list of Filling Foods!
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Here in Italy, they put potatoes ON the pizza (a "white" pizza w/garlic, rosemary, some cheese, no tomato).

I, too, have heard both extremes.. that it's a wonderful staple and that it's practically an evil poison. Who knows!? I just consume a moderate amount.
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I try and avoid white potatoes as I read somewhere they are bad for you, but can't remember where. Instead I have switched to eating yams which are much healthier for you. Luckily we like the taste of yams.
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My sister told me, after she returned to a trip to Ireland, of getting a slice of pizza in Dublin - it came with a potato on the side ...

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I recall that several of the meals I had in/around Dublin came with *multiple* servings of potatoes, prepared in different ways. All delicious.

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I, too, have heard both extremes.. that it's a wonderful staple and that it's practically an evil poison. Who knows!? I just consume a moderate amount.
I go by the old adage...."Everything in Moderation".....well, except maybe chocolate...in that case, to blazes with that moderation cr*p!!!
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Now this thread is on the right track. Recipe so far: bake the potato, throw out the white part and fill the jacket with chocolate, add whip cream.
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