Potatoes Should Not be Scorned
Ever since people started dieting, the potato has been scorned. People blame their weight problems on this starchy vegetable, but in all likelihood that was probably not the cause. The potato is the most important food in history and is still important today. Potatoes have been around for thousands of years and can grow just about anywhere. In fact according to History Magazine the potato has the "ability to provide more nutritious food faster on less land than any other food crop, and in almost any habitat."
Once potatoes became popular they saved many countries from starvation. Potatoes provide almost all nutritional needs. Potatoes only lack calcium, vitamin A and vitamin D. Combine potatoes with milk and you have provided your body with complete nutrition. Unfortunately, as the world discovered during the Ireland Potato Famine, it is best for everyone if they do not rely entirely on one or two foods. But this nutritional information shows just how wonderful potatoes are.
Many people blame weight problems on eating too many carbohydrates. While potatoes do contain carbohydrates, if eaten as part of a well balanced diet, they are not bad for you. In fact they are extremely good for you, providing lots of vitamin C and potassium that our bodies need to survive.
There are many people that are going hungry in the United States and throughout the world. It seems that countries have gotten away from eating potatoes. In an effort to combat the world's hunger problems rice is often shipped to poor countries and handed out. While this is all good, would it not be better if people were taught to grow potatoes? They will grow just about everywhere and you can save seed potatoes from year to year. Potatoes require very little work to produce a good crop and even children can plant and tend to them.
In the United States it is as if people have forgotten about potatoes as a good food. Poor people can't afford many of the fruits and vegetables offered in grocery stores and opt for highly processed boxed foods. If only they would invest that $2 in a large bag of potatoes they could feed their family much more nutritious meals for many days, compared to one meal out of a box.
Let's stop looking down on potatoes and start looking up to them. They could change many people's lives, just like they did centuries ago when they were first discovered. It isn't the potato that is bad for you; it is what you put on them and how you cook them. If you are looking to save money and eat a healthier diet, the potato might be your answer - it has helped people since before Christ and it could help you too.
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