Potato: Controversy, interesting story, rich in nutrients and low in calories…
Article written by doctor Ademir Carvalho Leite General Physician, Endocrinologist and Orthomolecular.
The potato is a food of South American origin from the high regions of Bolivia and Peru. The first reference to this tuber, with the scientific name Solanum tuberosum L., was made by the Spaniard Piedro Cieza forty years after the discovery of America by Columbus.
The potato was brought to Europe in the 16th century as an ornamental plant. However, it acquired a malevolent connotation, loaded with negative, poisonous energy and suitable for black magic.
As food, it is likely that it reached the European table around the 17th century with the French agronomist Antonie Augustin Parmentier. As the people were reluctant to accept it as food, Parmentier transported the potato under heavy guard, which aroused great curiosity in the people, who soon became interested in trying the “forbidden fruit”. Despite being considered a high-calorie food with great power to promote weight gain, we know that 100 grams of potatoes contain 79.41% water and only 78.5 calories. While 100 grams of wheat grains contain approximately 354 calories and very little water.
Potato: Controversy, interesting story, rich in nutrients and low in calories
In the book “Weight lose weight eating potatoes without the guilt”, I make a comparison between eating potatoes and crackers made with wheat. In this chapter where I comment and give suggestions for those who want to lose weight in a healthy way, I emphasize the dangers of being overweight, of problems such as cholesterol (arteriosclerosis), glucose (diabetes), uric acid (gout), etc. and I value the potato as a healthy food.
In another chapter “Potato sem Culpa” I try to rescue the villainous role of the potato in weight loss regimes, in this chapter I present that a grain of wheat, a grain of corn, a grain of bean and a potato store in themselves energetic material to germinate a plant. So these legumes, when planted, give a tall plant like corn, beans a branch, potatoes also a branch, wheat a stem etc… We call this energy to germinate “X” which is of the same value for all grains and seeds. When you eat a portion of rice, more or less 3 spoons, you ingest around 900 grains of it, or 900 “X” of energy.
We need to take a good walk to spend it, otherwise this energy would be stored in the form of fat in our body. When we use wheat, in the example, we remember that in a cracker of water and salt, how many grains of wheat do we have? Imagine around 1000 grains, which is equivalent to 1000 “X” of energy. Many times we don’t eat just one cookie, we eat 4, 5, 6 cookies sometimes a pack. And I’ve already found up to 40 cookies. This means that we can ingest approximately 40,000 grains of wheat or 40,000 “X” of energy. And then there’s the question: how much exercise would it take to burn all this off? If we compare biscuits with potatoes, we can say that one biscuit would be equivalent to + – 1000 potatoes, a pack of biscuits, approximately 40,000 potatoes. Would so many potatoes fill up a truck? It will depend on the truck.
Well, but a potato is big compared to a grain of wheat, or beans, or corn! So let’s take the water out of the potato and let it dry. It will be the volume or size of an olive. Now we are going to remove the cellulose that stores water from the potato, and that only ruminants digest and use; it would be the size of a grain. Remember almost 80% of the potato is water and the rest is made up of proteins, mineral salts, vitamin A, vitamins B1, B2, B5, vitamin C and starch. My patients, after a blood test to start a weight loss program, are surprised when I recommend that they eat potatoes instead of grains. On the other hand, they vibrate with satisfaction, as there is no one who does not approve of the opportunity to eat such tasty and versatile food.
Mainly because you can eat the potato in different ways, boiled, baked, pureed, straw potatoes, in vegetable mayonnaise, soutê potatoes, stuffed and many other ways according to each one’s creativity. But what about the fries? OK! All right, you can eat them. The important thing here is that the frying is very dry and that the used oil has not been reused. Repurposed oil becomes saturated fat and this fat is what is harmful to our organism. Therefore, not only frying potatoes should be avoided, but all foods that have been made with reused oil or that are soaked in fat. Reused oil brings harm such as: great cellular oxidation, increased cholesterol levels in the blood, especially bad cholesterol or LDL, in addition to irritating the gastric mucosa, causing gastritis, etc…