Dont like Broccolli, try potatoes...

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    Jun 20, 2008 2:39 AM GMT
    "Potatoes' Phytochemicals Rival Those in Broccoli

    Potatoes' reputation as a high-carb, white starch has removed them from the meals of many a weight-conscious eater, but this stereotype is due for a significant overhaul. A new analytical method developed by Agricultural Research Service plant geneticist Roy Navarre has identified 60 different kinds of phytochemicals and vitamins in the skins and flesh of 100 wild and commercially grown potatoes. Analysis of Red and Norkotah potatoes revealed that these spuds' phenolic content rivals that of broccoli, spinach and Brussels sprouts, and includes flavonoids with protective activity against cardiovascular disease, respiratory problems and certain cancers. Navarre's team also identified potatoes with high levels of vitamin C, folic acid, quercetin and kukoamines. These last compounds, which have blood pressure lowering potential, have only been found in one other plant, Lycium chinense (a.k.a., wolfberry/gogi berry). How much kukoamine is needed for a blood pressure lowering effect in humans must be assessed before it can be determined whether an average portion of potatoes delivers enough to impact cardiovascular health. Still, potatoes' phytochemical profiles show it's time to shed their starch-only image; spuds-baked, steamed or healthy sautéed but not fried-deserve a place in your healthy way of eating."Phytochemical Profilers Investigate Potato Benefits,"Agricultural Research, September 2007"

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    Jun 20, 2008 4:52 AM GMT
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    Jun 20, 2008 4:53 AM GMT
    A pity that phytochemical content doesn't do anything to ameliorate the potato's glycemic index.
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    Jun 20, 2008 4:59 AM GMT
    icon_biggrin.gif Woohoo! I don't have to feel guilty about eating potatoes! Thanks for sharing this info!++++
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    Jun 20, 2008 5:09 AM GMT
    Satyricon331 saidA pity that phytochemical content doesn't do anything to ameliorate the potato's glycemic index.


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    Jun 20, 2008 5:20 AM GMT
    Satyricon331 saidA pity that phytochemical content doesn't do anything to ameliorate the potato's glycemic index.


    Do I have to tell you everything? ...

    "Blood Sugar Control

    Seasoning a high carb food with cinnamon can help lessen its impact on your blood sugar levels. Cinnamon slows the rate at which the stomach empties after meals, reducing the rise in blood sugar after eating. Researchers measured how quickly the stomach emptied after 14 healthy subjects ate 300 grams (1.2 cups) of rice pudding alone or seasoned with 6 grams (1.2 teaspoons) of cinnamon. Adding cinnamon to the rice pudding lowered the gastric emptying rate from 37% to 34.5% and significantly lessened the rise in blood sugar levels after eating. Am J Clin Nutr. 2 007 Jun;85(6):1552-6."

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    Jun 20, 2008 5:32 AM GMT
    so you're saying to season our potatoes with cinnamon?

    OR

    have a delicious cinnamon sticky bun before having the potato?

    might defeat the purpose ;-)
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    Jun 20, 2008 5:33 AM GMT
    Adding fat, such as olive oil or butter, does much the same thing, but it just makes an ultra-high GI food a high GI food.

    but, whatever floats your boat! icon_smile.gif
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    Jun 20, 2008 7:41 PM GMT
    SDN8 saidso you're saying to season our potatoes with cinnamon?


    Did I hear someone of less than 213 posts address me??? ... icon_eek.gif

    J/K ... icon_wink.gif

    I have never tried potatoes with cinnamon. The combination might be good.

    But, just like you dont eat broccoli every night, so i wouldnt expect you to eat potatoes every night. You would fit them into your diet.



    There are times when it just doesnt seem worth the while to try to help some folks. .... icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Jun 20, 2008 7:56 PM GMT
    Caslon4000 said[quote][cite]SDN8 said[/cite]so you're saying to season our potatoes with cinnamon?


    Did I hear someone of less than 213 posts address me??? ... icon_eek.gif

    J/K ... icon_wink.gif [/quote]

    Talk about harsh! LOL!

    The BF was showing me your initial post last night...I think it's awesome! I love me mah po-tay-toes!
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    Jun 20, 2008 8:13 PM GMT
    Carlson4000 - I was going to keep my mouth shut but I thought...what the hell! We can't all be forum whore like you. LOL! Just Jokes!

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    Jun 20, 2008 9:01 PM GMT
    Nice. It's about time someone stuck up for the humble potato.

    I still hold out hope that some day, people will quit construing specific foods (especially those which, at several points in history, sustained entire populations) as the root of all evil and will instead (gasp!) base their diet on a wide variety of foods, in sensible portions.
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    Jun 29, 2008 12:12 AM GMT
    SDN8 saidso you're saying to season our potatoes with cinnamon?


    I am having steamed potatoes with just a touch of cinnamon....and salt and pepper...boy, they are gooooood!!! Thanks for the suggestion!