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In my Seattle weight loss and Bainbridge Island weight loss offices of Slender For Life™ I am frequently ask about potatoes and the glycemic index. I try hard not to roll my eyes and to not sigh too loudly – I admit that I am not always successful. When this question is posed, I refer clients to Potatoes Are Pillars of Worldwide Nutrition, by Dr. John McDougall. You can find Potatoes Are Pillars of Worldwide Nutrition in the Hypnosis Health Info Article Library. Learn hypnosis for weight loss and make healthy real food choices.

Potatoes Are Pillars of Worldwide Nutrition

The use of GI as the sole criterion to pass judgment on a food as “good or bad” for you is wrong. There are many other qualities of a food that contribute to its nutritional value that must be taken into consideration before recommending or condemning a particular food. Based on GI, for example, whole wheat bread (GI=129) is worse for you than ice cream (GI = 51) and carrots (GI=131) are worse for you than sugar sweetened chocolate (GI=49). 2 A baked potato with a GI of 134 would be an unhealthier choice than a Mars candy bar at a GI of 97. Obviously, those who condemn unprocessed high glycemic index plant foods are overlooking some serious issues.

One of the lowest glycemic index foods is the simple sugar fructose. The GI value is 29. Yet this food is simply empty calories with no protein, essential fat, vitamins, minerals, or dietary fiber. Of all the sugars, fructose is the one that raises cholesterol and triglycerides the most, and therefore would be considered one of the worst foods for people trying to prevent heart and other blood vessel diseases.3 Because of the contradictions and limitations surrounding the GI, the most recent position statement of the American Diabetic Association does not recommend using this concept in the treatment and prevention of diabetes and related complications.

Read Potatoes Are Pillars of Worldwide Nutrition by Dr. John McDougall.

Hypnosis for weight loss can help you easily make healthy food choices. At Slender For Life™ weight loss hypnosis clients learn that a plant based food diet is a healthy and easily sustained eating strategy. There are limitless ways to eat potatoes that are healthy, fat free and that taste great.

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