Friday, January 16, 2015

Potatoes, too? Yes, damn it.

Maybe I already knew this but was in denial: white potatoes don't do anything good for us and might even be harmful. Damn it. Some online research I did yesterday reminded me that white potatoes are members of the nightshade family of plants and contain alkaloids, which are toxic to humans and animals. Alkaloids can cause problems with the stomach lining and worse. Damn it!

Of course I already knew that white potatoes turn to sugar the minute you put them in your mouth and cause even greater blood sugar surges than plain white sugar. So as far as my insulin levels are concerned, if I'm in the mood to munch on potato chips, I'd do better to sit down with the sugar bowl and spoon. Christ.

I don't know if I'm ready to do anything with this knowledge yet. I was trying to tell myself that if I cooked the potatoes myself, in healthy coconut oil or ghee, they were okay. I wanted to believe that, but I can't any more. Now when I sit down to a meal that includes white potatoes, I'll have to be honest with myself about what I'm doing: choosing to eat a toxic food because I'm just not ready to let go of it yet. I'm not!

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