This video was sponsored by McCains, but all opinions are my own!
Extreme Diet Debbie is back to battle it out with Abbey regarding the true value of potatoes and the role they can play in your life on a daily basis. Abbey also debunks the myth of low carb dieting once and for all.
Extreme Diet Debbie starts off the video proclaiming the potatoes are making you sick, fat, and ugly. She goes on to say that you need to cut those “carb bombs” out of your life for good. Debbie claims she’s been doing research on Google and found that the key to a healthy life and a hot body is to stay the hell away from those potatoes.
Abbey asks Debbie if she’s familiar with the term “Everything in Moderation”. Debbie comes right back at Abbey full force telling her that moderation is for the weak and it’s all or bust if you want to get lean. Debbie goes on about how important it is to cut those starchy potatoes out of your life for good.
Abbey points out 5 key things about potatoes that make them a useful and valuable part of your diet. Debbie’s first major claim against potatoes is that they make you gain weight and spike your blood sugar because they are loaded with carbs. Abbey comes right back at Debbie reminding her that they have talked about this issue before. Carbs do not make you fat and cutting them out of your life completely are not necessarily going to make you skinny. It is a fact that your brain needs carbs in order to function optimally. Research has shown that low carb diets are no more successful at helping you lose weight than high carb diets, the same is true for low versus high glycemic index diets. Research has also shown that diets in general often do not lead to weight loss. There is no strong evidence whatsoever linking potatoes to obesity, cardiovascular disease, or diabetes. Abbey recommends enjoying your potatoes in moderation, roughly one cup per serving. Pair your potatoes with lean protein and fiber rich vegetables and you will have a well balanced meal that will keep your body running the way it was intended to.
Debbie’s second claim is that by peeling potatoes you lose out on all the nutrients. Potatoes are actually an excellent source of Vitamin C, have more potassium than a banana, and contain B6, iron, and magnesium. They are also full of high quality carbohydrates. The only thing you sacrifice when you peel a potato is 1 single gram of fiber as opposed to the 2 grams it would normally have with the peel on it.
Debbie moves on with her tirade claiming that sweet potatoes are good and white potatoes are bad. Compared side by side and measured per 100 grams they both have 90 calories, are high in Vitamin C, potassium, iron and magnesium. Sweet potatoes are however higher in fiber as well as Vitamin A. This sort of black and white thinking regarding food is something Abbey has been fighting against for years. There is no good food or bad food, it’s all just food. It is how you choose to consume your food that will make the difference in the way it effects your body.
Debbie moves on to launch a full scale attack on frozen french fries claiming they are made with additives, preservatives and strange ingredients she can’t even pronounce. To prove her point Abbey grabs a bad of McCain Superfries and reads off the ingredients. They consist of potatoes, canola oil, sea salt, sodium phosphate, and color. All french fries are not created equal but as long as you are taking a peek at the ingredients there is no reason you shouldn’t be able to enjoy french fries from time to time. Again, all things in moderation applies to this scenario as well.
Debbie’s final rant is that frozen fries are loaded with trans fats, saturated fats, and sodium that causes heart disease. Abbey reminds Debbie not to jump to conclusions pointing out the fries she used for her example are trans fat free, contain just .3 grams of saturated fat per serving, and meet only 4% of your sodium needs for the entire day. In regards to heart health, potatoes are loaded with potassium. Potassium actually works in opposition to sodium to promote a healthier heart, in other words eating potatoes could actually be good for your heart.
We hope this video has cleared some of the misinformation out there regarding potatoes.
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