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Although it is not the most popular vegetable among athletes, there are several ways to eat potato that can benefit health.
Many times, we believe that the potato is not the best ally to lose weight or for our sports diets and that is why we avoid it. However, in addition to its intrinsic qualities, there are several ways to eat potatoes that can be healthy and even very beneficial for our diet.
Potatoes are one of the essential vegetables in the Mediterranean diet. If cooked correctly, it can result in a product that supports the function of many physiological reactions in the body. Also, it is a good food for many pets. Its carbohydrates provide large amounts of energy and it also has potassium, vitamin C, fiber, water and a low amount of fat.
Given its versatility in the kitchen, dishes such as creams, purees, soups, omelettes, pastries, appetizers and alcoholic beverages can be prepared. To obtain the best results from the potato, it is advisable to use it in elaborate dishes that help different diets.
1. Organic potato with skin
This way of cooking is recommended, either baked or steamed. The best variety are organic potatoes as they prevent damage from pesticides, herbicides, and other chemicals in the soil. The skin provides vitamins B and C and minerals such as potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, zinc and iron, which contribute to the functioning of the immune system and reduce the risk of infectious diseases. Also, the skin helps regulate blood sugar levels.
2. Baked as if it were fried
They can be cut lengthwise, like French fries, brushed with olive oil and baked at a high temperature. In this way, a similar result will be obtained but much healthier, crunchier and tasty.
3. Half fried
You can cook them until they are soft and drain them to spend some time in the pan with oil. Their fat content is lower than if we made them fried from the beginning but a little higher than the baked ones.
4. Fries with umeboshi
Umeboshi plums can be added while we cook the potatoes. These Japanese plums compensate for acidity with their high alkalizing power. Even so, it is recommended to avoid frying as it generates trans-type fatty acids that cause greater inflammation in the body.
5. Use the right oil in frying
There are vegetable oils that are perfect like olive oil and extra virgin coconut oil. Another option is to cook them with ghee, a clarified butter that is very healthy because it is low in fat and lactose.
6. Consume them at noon
The best time to consume them is during the morning or lunch. If we do it at night it could make it difficult for us to rest and cause further weight gain.
7. Combine them with other vegetables
It is not recommended to mix the potato with other protein foods such as meat, legumes, eggs or nuts. Especially for those people who want to lose weight or have digestive problems. It is also not advisable to eat fruit after consuming them. On the contrary, the best option is to consume potatoes half an hour before lunch, mid-afternoon or mid-morning. The best combination is with raw or cooked vegetables.