Potatoes Aren't Bad - 5 Healthy Potato Recipes

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Feb 12, 2016 04:40 AM EST
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SYDNEY, NSW - JULY 28: A supermarket employee stacks potatoes July 28, 2006 in Sydney, Australia. Prices in Australia have reached a 15-year high, showing an 8.3 per cent rise in food costs, which are being blamed for a big jump in inflation. The rise was mainly driven by hugely escalating banana prices - after cyclone Larry devastated most of Australia's plantations - with fruit prices up 52 per cent for the June quarter. (Photo : Ian Waldie/Getty Images)

Most people think potatoes are bad because they contain starch and low-glycemic carbohydrates. However, a new study suggests otherwise; potatoes are not that bad.

A study published in JAMA in 2014 revealed that a diet with a low glycemic index of dietary carbohydrate did not improve insulin sensitivity, lipid levels or systolic blood pressure.

In general, a healthy diet using the glycemic index to select foods may not necessarily improve cardiovascular risk factor or insulin resistance. If you are in good health and you eat a diet rich in whole foods, you do not have to worry about the blood-sugar impact of potatoes, Yahoo! News reported.

If you love potatoes, for sure this is a huge relief for you. To help you enjoy your favorite food, here are five healthy potato recipes from Food Network.

Hasselback Sweet Potatoes

These whole potatoes are cut into a fan shape, dotted with butter and then roasted. The result is a crispy-on-the-outside, creamy-on-the-inside spud. You can use this technique to white or sweet potatoes. Try this and you will surely enjoy it.

Oven French Fries

Who doesn't love French fries? French fries are tasty and they are very delightful to eat. If you love this food but you hate the idea of eating oily French fries there is a healthier solution, bake it. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray, spread the potatoes in single layer and bake for 35 minutes or until golden and crisp. Remove the fries with spatula and season with salt. This only contains 280 calories per serving, 7 grams of total fat and 50 grams carbohydrate.

Mashed Potato Skins

Boil the potatoes and season with salt. Drain and mash potatoes with buttermilk and season with salt and pepper. Stir the chives and cheddar and fold in the bacon. This recipe cuts calories by using turkey bacon and buttermilk instead of sour cream.

Fennel Potatoes

Boil 1 1/2 pounds new potatoes and four smashed garlic cloves in salted water for 20 minutes. Add 1 teaspoon fennel seeds in a skillet with 3 tablespoon olive oil and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Add 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest. Drain the potatoes. Add chopped parsley, lemon juice, salt and pepper to your fennel oil mixture. Cover the pot and shake to smash the potatoes.

Vegan Roasted-Garlic Mash Potatoes

Place the garlic on a piece of foil and drizzle with 1 teaspoon of oil. Wrap and roast in a preheated oven for 20 minutes. Boil the potatoes and strain. Add the garlic and the juice that has been collected, almond milk, two tablespoons of oil and 1 1/4 teaspoons salt to the potatoes. Mash until smooth. Stir in the chives and add salt to taste.

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