POTATOES: helpful tips for moderate use

By Caroltoo Latest Reply 2012-05-17 14:27:33 -0500
Started 2012-05-16 12:39:44 -0500


Ran across this on Real Age this morning and find it explains why I sometimes can eat some potatoes w/out a huge BG surge and sometimes can't. For the rest of you struggling with this issue, here's some helpful ideas. Try them to see if they are helpful to you.

Potatoes may be a whole, natural root veggie, but they’re also notorious for causing blood sugar to spike because they're digested into the bloodstream quickly.

To mitigate this negative effect, cook potatoes with a healthy fat, such as olive or coconut oil, and bump up the fiber by adding onions and hearty leafy greens or another vegetable to the mix.

To make potato salad, use plenty of lemon juice and chill it in the fridge. The acid and cold alter the starch molecules in the spuds to slow digestion

7 replies

alanbossman 2012-05-17 06:05:32 -0500 Report

My BS spikes also with potatoes,I love potato salad let me know Caroltoo how your experiment works.

Caroltoo 2012-05-17 13:34:29 -0500 Report

Will do Alan. Bought a few red potatoes yesterday, but probably won't try them until the weekend as I have a heavy couple of days coming.

Nick1962 2012-05-16 15:45:39 -0500 Report

A fitness coach once told me that after a workout (and I don’t mean a measly one hour walk), that a small white potato was a good choice because it gets absorbed so fast. Being naïve and undereducated at the time I tried it and WHOA what a spike. Forget to mention to him I was diabetic.
Potatoes are one of those combination foods with me. Alone they create a big spike, but if eaten with protein (like a steak) they seem to have less effect. Still pretty much off my diet though (I miss them..sniff…sniff).

Caroltoo 2012-05-16 18:53:05 -0500 Report

I miss them too, which is why I try 3-4 bites every now and then. I've been sauteeing them in coconut oil with orange and red peppers and onion. I'm ok with 1/4 to 1/2 cup as long as I have eggs or a small peice of meat with it.

Haven't tried potato salad in years. Think I will experiment with this idea of lemon juice and refrigeration and see if it helps.

Like you, mashed potato or baked w/out skin makes my BGs fly up faster than anything except white bread.

Nick1962 2012-05-17 13:53:34 -0500 Report

We've been trying the little golden creamers. Perfect for a stew, and they seem to be less starchy. I do miss a good "home fried" with the onions and peppers, but there again, maybe someday when I've been really good!

Nick1962 2012-05-17 14:27:33 -0500 Report

Thery're about marble sized, up to about an inch. I've also been kind of fond of the small purple fingerlings.