Food Talk And Fabulous Finds - Why does everyone HATE on potatoes?

12-24-2008, 10:14 PM
Honestly, I don't get it. Did potatoes make me fat? No way!
Maybe extra large burgers, and french fried potatoes, ice cream, chocolate syrup, being lazy and second helpings. :dizzy:

So I guess I have two questions, why does everyone HATE on potatoes?
And is there anyone else out there that notices this, and thinks it might just be a little extreme?

;) luv ya 3fc's potato eaters or not! ;)

12-24-2008, 10:47 PM
There is nothing wrong with potatoes. They are a great sources of potassium. They are also, however, full of carbos. So celebrate your moderation. Hurray! In moderation... Hurray!

12-24-2008, 11:18 PM
I think Potatoes get a bad rap; most people did not become overweight from eating an overabundance of mash. Now, french fries are another thing; I learned that from a doctor who reminded me that one order of fries and gravy carried more than half my daily C's (I was a young teen at the time).

Health nutritionists and many doctors says potatoes are good for us, esp the new potatoes with the skins on. Like SHUMEANEY says, portion control and preparation are important; and watch the butter (measure, measure, measure). DH eats a medium (and he's trim), and I a small, new potato 2-3 dinners a week. On rare special occasions, like Christmas, we have mash and gravy made from lean meat.

So, go ahead and enjoy them, just watch how much and how often. :D

12-25-2008, 03:00 AM
I don't have a problem with potatoes. I love them. They're chock full of vitamins and minerals and healthy stuff. The problem is that most people fry them, or serve them topped with butter and sour cream, or au gratin them with cream and cheese, or ... any of 6 dozen other unhealthy ways to serve them. But reasonable sized baked/roasted or boiled potatoes are good for you. :)


12-25-2008, 10:51 AM
Well, 1 medium potato has 161 calories and 36.6 grams of carbs. That's plain, with nothing on it.

For me, and this is of course a personal choice, I just don't care to "spend" my calories/carbs that way. I don't really care for them all that much unless they ARE fried in oil or with butter. I also don't find them very satisfying. They bring on all kinds of cravings. Potato-y carbs make me want MORE carbs. It's just not worth it *to me*.

But like has already been said, in moderation, ain't a thing wrong with them.

12-25-2008, 11:35 AM
I love potatoes, but they don't love me.

Some people (like myself) are extremely sensitive to foods with a high glycemic index. Potatoes are one of those foods; the glycemic index of a baked potato is 85, which is considered high. Foods high in GI will usually cause a rise and fall in insulin levels, which results in carb cravings and fatigue once the GI crashes.

Now I'm off to make mashed potatoes for Christmas dinner. :eek:

12-25-2008, 08:07 PM
I think potatoes get a bad rap due to the carbs.

i seem to tolerate them ok in moderation, other starchy foods can trigger a binge for me.

they are actually touted as beneficial for kids with ADD and people with sugar addiction according to the Potatoes, not Prozac books.
i've not read the book, but found a site that has info about it.

12-26-2008, 01:41 AM
White potatoes are a bit of a problem food for me. I'm probably not the only person on the planet (but sometimes I feel like I am) who could overeat plain, boiled or baked potatoes (and I love the skin too).

I try not to vilify any food, even sugar - which I also have difficulty consuming in moderation. My husband and I are visiting my family in Illinois, and I'd intended to stay on plan, or at least avoid my main nemesis, sugar. I did fairly well most of the day yesterday, and then I decided that I could have one piece of my mom's homemade caramels. If candy can be compared to narcotics, my mom's caramels are my heroine. Suffice it to say that one caramel led me down a sugar path that left me this morning with a sugar hangover, although compared to other Christmas weeks, I'm actually doing far better than I normally do - at least I haven't decided to dive into a full-on binge-fest until New Year's Day (though I've been tempted).

So, I don't think potatoes are ****-spawn, but I do tend to give them a fairly wide berth most of the time. When I do eat potato, I tend to do it in a situation in which the portion is limited for me. For example, I'll order a baked potato in a restaurant, plan on eating half and NOT taking the leftovers home. If I buy potatoes to make at home, I buy two small to medium potatoes (one for hubby and one for me).

Recently, my husband did some grocery shopping for me when I wasn't feeling well (usually we do it together), and the grocery list I made for him included two baking potatoes - and he decided to get a 5 lb bag because it was "cheaper" than the two bakers. I did fairly well limiting myself to one potato a day, but I learned that my husband also has a problem with portion control for potatoes. He was eating baked potatoes as a "snack" and the 5 lb bag of potatoes was gone in just a few days.

For some reason, I don't have nearly the same portion control issue with squash or sweet potato, but any starchy food has "abuse potential" for me, so I can understand why some people do view potato as not far different from candy, because for some people it isn't.

12-26-2008, 09:57 AM
I stopped eating white potatoes when I discovered low glycemic eating and I felt better, but I've been rethinking that since now the newest "thing" is resistive starch, which is supposed to curb the desire to overeat, and white potatoes are loaded with this kind of starch, but I'm still approaching them cautiously as for many years I didn't actually realize (until I started eating according to the GI) that white potatoes kind of make me feel ill after eating them and they spike my blood sugar. But, yea, they are full of potassium and lots of other good things and they do taste good, better than sweet potatoes, in my opinion, which I tolerate but they just aren't satisfying to a person who grew up with white potatoes.

12-26-2008, 10:11 AM
Frankly, I was overdosed on potatoes as a kid. We had them with every supper until I learned to cook myself.
I would be happy never eating boiled, mashed, or roasted potatoes ever again. Now unfortunately for me, french fries are a beast of a different nature...

12-26-2008, 10:52 PM
I'm eating potatoes right now :D: red potato, chickpea, and broccoli curry, with veggie sausage added. Yummmmmmm.

But I was never one for baked potatoes, regardless of the topping. I like sweet potatoes, or the little red skin potatoes with the skin on.

It's kinda weird, because for the first 6 months or so of losing weight, I never had potatoes. No reason, I just never did for some reason. Now I'm having a little fling with potatoes. ;) Red potato and green bean salad is another favorite.

12-29-2008, 11:59 AM
I love potatoes almost any way they can be prepared.

I guess I've tried to stay away from them too, thinking that they were bad for me. If I can handle the calories, have room in my count, I love baked potato with slivers of sliced sweet onion or even just tobasco.

Gunna hafta have that soon.

01-12-2009, 07:47 AM
I've got no problems with potatoes, but I prefer sweet potatoes, because 1) they are sweet and 2) they taste good without adding stuff. I have started putting them in my lunch instead of rice, for a while. It is toppings that are the problem, or eating a potato that is too big without the rest of the meal being balanced.

A 200 gram sweet potato is just under 200 cal, and that is a good carb for the lunches I make, which generally also have about 2 cups of veggies, 2-3 oz of chicken and some fruit. I guess it is easier to work in potatoes if you eat fewer, larger meals during the day, as I do, rather than frequent small ones. I've never tried that eating method, because I know it won't work for me. Also, I feel just fine with 50% or so of my daily calories coming from carbs, unlike so many people here who feel hungrier, or tired, or whatever when the eat too many carbs, and it hasn't affected my loss in any way that I can see.

01-12-2009, 09:33 AM
I love potatoes, but they don't love me.

Some people (like myself) are extremely sensitive to foods with a high glycemic index. Potatoes are one of those foods; the glycemic index of a baked potato is 85, which is considered high. Foods high in GI will usually cause a rise and fall in insulin levels, which results in carb cravings and fatigue once the GI crashes.

Ditto for me. I love potatoes but my body responds terribly to food with a high GI. I also love rice, but its the same problem there. Potatoes and rice definitely didn't make me fat, but they are part of many foods I need to eat pretty minimally if I don't want to gain weight. I rarely ate potatoes fried or topped with butter, etc. In our cuisine they are mostly just boiled in spicy curries, and the curries are mostly extremely light - just made up of things like spices, tomatoes, etc. However I think generally speaking the reason so many people seem to hate on potatoes is because of what some others have said, the way they are most commonly served here in the US is very unhealthy - fried or topped with high-fat dressings.

01-12-2009, 11:29 AM
I have no problems with a plain old white potato, but if I'm having potatoes as a side dish, I'd MUCH rather have a baked sweet potato which I find wonderfully sweet!

01-12-2009, 12:59 PM
Low-carbers and GI-sensitive eaters tend to avoid potatoes, but I think they are otherwise pretty healthy and flexible. People also probably get more potato than any other vegetable, thanks to fast food and restaurant chains serving french fries and hashbrowns with every single meal.

I like mine baked with a little miso gravy, or with ranch dressing on it.

01-12-2009, 01:32 PM
i can personally say mashed potatoes did have a big thing to do with my weight...i love them and could eat nothing but mashed potatoes for a meal and eat them every single day.

01-12-2009, 08:34 PM
I love baked potatoes. And mashed, but DH and I have learned to like them with almost no butter at all. (Admittedly, I add a good amount of salt, but with chronic low blood pressure, I'll go ahead and take that liberty)

I also have baked potatoes several times a week and find them to be the perfect lunch food. I small russet potato, 3 oz grilled chicken, 2 tbs lowfat sour cream, 1 tbs BBQ sauce, 2 cups broccoli, and some sliced green onion. Amazingly filling, and delicious!

01-12-2009, 09:41 PM
With my background (Polish) cutting out potatoes is like blasphemy! However, traditionally we just boil, salt, toss with some chopped dill and serve. Not too bad.

I do love me some traditional American-style mashies, but sans gravy, I've never been able to get into that. I did discover a way to health that up though. Has anyone tried mashing Yukon Gold potatoes plain - no milk or butter? I only make mashies that way. I find that the Yukon Gold potatoes themselves have a high enough water content, creamy texture, and buttery flavor without adding any additional ingredients.

Darn, now I want me some potatoes!

RN BSN 2009
01-12-2009, 09:50 PM
I prefer sweet potatoes! more vitamin a

01-14-2009, 08:41 AM
I love potatoes of all kinds. When I was on a low-carbohydrate diet, I got it stuck in my head that potatoes were the anti-christ. Now that I have learned I can't do low-carbohydrate (blood sugar issues) I let myself have a potato every now and again...but to me ...nothing beats a sweet-potato sprinkled with just cinnamon.... :)

01-17-2009, 01:42 AM
Whenever the humble potato gets called unclean, God makes a dumbbell pink. ;)


01-25-2009, 11:16 AM
I just discovered the alexia brand potatos (my nutritionist actually recommended them as a possible carb choice) They are great! they are all natural and made with olive oil and spices, and come in many different versions. *yum* I have them with a veggie burger when I need a burger and fries fix!

01-25-2009, 11:20 AM
I enjoy baked potatos, but w/ the diet I am following I can't have any carbs except from my lite wheat bread. But when I did eat potatos I did notice that I was a little more bloated the next day in my stomach. I still enjoy them tho, lol.

01-25-2009, 08:27 PM
I have no problems with a plain old white potato, but if I'm having potatoes as a side dish, I'd MUCH rather have a baked sweet potato which I find wonderfully sweet!

I <3 sweet potatoes...

01-25-2009, 09:49 PM

Potatoes are great. They're good for you. But with me, one potato makes me ravenous and does absolutely nothing for my appetite and s completely counter productive to my weightloss and maintenance. No stigma, no anti-christ labels, just my personal experience with the little buggers.

Annie Pele
01-27-2009, 01:12 PM
I love Yukon Gold Potatoes, too. The grocery store where I shop sells little tiny baby Yukon Gold Potatoes in 24 ounce bags.

Sometimes we eath them just boiled, or boiled and tossed with a little bit of oil, salt and herbs, but my huband loves them cooked this way:

Boil them until the are almost cooked, but are still slightly hard and not mushy. Slightly smash them flat with a fork, and put them on a cookies sheet lightly brushed with oil, so the potatoes won't stick. Brush the potatoes with a mix of a tiny bit of butter, olive oil, garlic powder and salt. If I make the whole bag, 1/2 tablespoon of butter mixed with 1 tablespoon of olive oil is enough for this recipe, so it's not adding too many calories. Bake in a 425 degree oven for about 25 minutes. They come out great - like little crunchy potato pancakes almost. Theres a thread on this board about potatoes cooked this way that has a similar recipe, but I can't find it. Yesterday I made them, and after they where got nice and crispy, I took them out of the oven and topped them with 2 ounces of finely grated cheddar cheese mixed with chopped chives and a couple slices of chopped crisp bacon. I popped them back in the over for 5 more minutes, then served them as a main dish with some low fat sour cream and a green vegetable as a side dish. Hubby says they tasted just like Friday's restaurant's potato skins appetizer, and they didn't add up to an unreasonable amount of calories for dinner. So Yummy! Amazing how far just of little bit of fattening stuff can go toward making you feel "undeprived" as long as you keep track of the calories.