[VIDEO] Are you convinced potatoes make you fat?

Are you convinced potatoes make you fat?

I know, I thought that too.  And why not, right?  Since the arrival of the low-carb Atkins revolution, it's been shouted from the rooftops that a white potato is the best way to say goodbye to your summer swimsuit forever.  In fact, I used to avoid anything potato-related out of complete certainty that if one white, starchy piece passed my lips I'd immediately blow up a la the Pillsbury Dough Boy.  True story.

And then a few years ago, it dawned on me.  I tell people to eat real, whole food and that's exactly what a potato is.  Potatoes are literally dug up from the earth and sold as is.  No processing or chemical extraction needed.  And as it turns out, potatoes have twice the amount of potassium per serving than our beloved bananas and are a great source of vitamins B6 and C.  Who knew??

The potato slander you are so familiar with is due to its high rating on the glycemic index, a tool used to measure the increase in blood sugar caused by particular foods.  If you look at a glycemic index chart you will be shocked to see that a danish and M&M's have lower glycemic index ratings than a unprocessed, sugar-free potato.  Why?  Because a danish and M&M's both come with FAT, which helps mitigate the sugar spike.  Now, the moral of the story is not to run out and devour M&M's because they are now deemed a "health" food, but rather to always eat your potatoes with high-quality fat (organic butter, extra virgin olive or coconut oil) and fiber (vegetables) to chill out your sugar levels.

Be sure to catch today's VIDEO as I tell you all about my favorite potatoes (they are pink and purple!) and how to get them on your plate ASAP. Watch and fall into potato bliss.

Dry Farmed Potato Perfection from Jamie Dougherty on Vimeo.

Listen, I know you are worried about potatoes or at least feel guilty when you eat them.  I get it so let me just say this.  I eat potatoes all the frickin' time and have yet to see anything roly-poly appear on my arms or thighs. And believe me, for the first few months of adding them into my diet I was waiting for the other shoe to drop.  Three years later I'm still waiting.

In the comments below tell me, did you ever avoid potatoes because you thought they'd make you fat?  Now that you give yourself potato permission, what is your favorite type of potato and how do you like to eat them?

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And now for the recipes:

Purple Viking Potato Salad

Serve 4 generously
1 1/2 pounds Purple Viking potatoes (about 5 medium), unpeeled
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 small red onion, very thinly sliced into 1/2 moons
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh Italian parsley, chopped
3 tablespoons capers, drained
Cook the potatoes in a large pot of boiling salted water until tender, about 25 minutes.  While the potatoes are cooking, stir red wine vinegar and a dash of salt in small bowl and add the onion slices.  Drain the potatoes once they are done cooking and let them cool, covered, until you can handle them without burning your fingers.  Cut each potato in half, then into cubes.
Place the warm potatoes in a large bowl. Add the red wine vinegar/onion mixture to the potatoes and toss to coat.  Add the olive oil, parsley,  capers and season to taste with salt and pepper.
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