When I look at my weight-loss client’s food diaries, the Baked Potato keeps appearing. When questioned, the clients are convinced that it’s a healthy food. They are wrong!
To be fair it won’t do you any harm, but if you are trying to lose weight – Avoid!
Now for the facts! The Glycemic Index, which measures how fast a food type raises blood sugar, for a baked potato is about 85. This is high (raw carrot 16). When you eat the Baked Potato there is a rush of insulin in your body. The insulin immediately converts the starch in the potato to sugar, which is stored in your body as Fat.
The Glycemic Load of the Baked Potato is high. This means that amount of carbohydrate in it is high, so you are getting a lot of it in a portion. So on two counts this is bad. It’s not poison, but if you are trying to lose weight it’s one of the worst things you can eat.
If you want to know more about this read “The Insulin Factor” by Anthony J Haynes.