Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Today, many folks will eagerly prepare a traditional Irish-American meal, like corned beef and cabbage.
But perhaps your mind goes to the humble potato.
Yes, potatoes have been a reliable food source over hundreds of years. And yes, plenty of research points to the nutritional value of this popular spud.
But I consider it to be a “faux vegetable.” And I will NOT be whipping up some hearty potatoes today.
Diabetes, heart disease, cancer
According to the latest estimates, Americans eat 120 pounds of potatoes annually… 120 pounds!!
That’s 120 pounds of STARCH.
You know, another word for carbohydrate.
And if you enjoy some hash browns with breakfast… potato chips or fries with lunch… and loaded mashed potatoes with dinner… well, now we know where all those pounds are coming from!
Worse yet, you’re single-handedly destroying your health.
That’s because a high-carb diet increases risk of metabolic disorders—like diabetes— cardiovascular disease, and more.
It can also skyrocket insulin-like growth factors, which can promote the growth and spread of cancer cells.
A savory saboteur
Now, let’s not forget how highly processed the potato has become.
After all that processing… frying… dipping and/or topping… and more… can you even call it a veggie anymore? It’s really just a savory dietary saboteur.
As I touched on yesterday, this is yet another way corporate America has destroyed our diet. And, by extension, our health.
So instead of making this “faux vegetable” a permanent part of your otherwise healthy diet, get a little creative instead…
I personally started making avocado fries, coconut chips, and other exceptionally nutritious, low-carb snacks. (Check out a demonstration here.)
Because at the end of the day, even I can admit that salty French fries and potato chips can be hard to resist. But I find these crunchy alternatives satisfy my craving without the guilt.
I think that’s something we can ALL celebrate, today and every day.
“Everything to know about carbs and diabetes.” Medical News Today, 4/14/2021. (medicalnewstoday.com/articles/carbs-and-diabetes)
“High-Carb Diet Increases Risk for Colon Cancer Recurrence.” Medscape, 11/7/2012. (medscape.com/viewarticle/774054)