Diabetic Wendy


Tell me if this is a good starch in the morning: a small purple potato. I am having it with egg whites and onions.

Amy Campbell


Purple potatoes, which are commonly eaten in South America, have deep violet skin and flesh. They get their color from an antioxidant called anthocyanin. Potatoes are naturally low in fat, cholesterol and sodium and are rich in vitamin C. And in a small study published last year, purple potatoes were found to lower blood pressure by an average of 4 percent. A small potato that weighs about 5 ounces contains 120 calories, 30 grams of carbohydrate, 3 grams of fiber, 3 grams of protein and no fat. Most likely you can include a purple potato at breakfast, but the amount that you eat will depend on how much carbohydrate you’re aiming for at that meal, along with other sources of carb that you may be eating as well, such as fruit, milk or yogurt. You may want to weigh your potato to get a better sense of how much carb it contains. A good source for nutrition information for all types of foods is Calorie King at www.calorieking.com.