When I think of potatoes, I am straight away taken to aloo ka parantha, aloo tikki, and potato chips which are way too oily and deep fried. We all do this because we have a conception that potatoes are unhealthy and one of the main reasons that lead to weight gain. Potatoes have gained a good reputation for being a fattening food over the years and those who plan to shed those extra kilos, start by avoiding them. What we don’t know is that the high glycaemic index and carbohydrate content has overshadowed its benefits. Potatoes aren’t bad when consumed in the right way!! Here are some reasons that may prove that potatoes can help in not gaining but losing weight.

Some studies have suggested that potatoes come with high content of nutrients. Besides, they are high in fiber as well as starch resistance. Potato consumption can help in keeping the stomach full for a longer time and keep hunger alarms at bay. Thus, it helps in preventing overeating and is considered ideal for weight loss. 

Prevents water retention

Apart from many nutrients, potatoes are high in potassium which helps in losing weight as they don’t allow water retention. Moreover, potatoes can help the fat cells to shrink. Though, the right consumption of potatoes is very essential.

Boosts Metabolism

As per some known studies, potatoes are rich in antioxidants called polyphenols which can boost the metabolism while breaking down the sugar. You should definitely avoid having potatoes in fried forms as they may not give the desired results.

It is time to bust this myth and appreciate the capabilities of potatoes. Deep-fried potato chips or fried aloo tikkis may not be ideal for those aiming to lose weight but you can always bake, boil, air fry, and roast potatoes for amazing benefits. On a happy note, let us give you a quick recipe of power-packed potato salad that you can have while thinking that potatoes are not that bad!! Have a look!

Potato Salad

Ingredients

  • 3 potatoes
  • 1 cucumber (chopped)
  • 1 onion (chopped)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp lemon juice
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp ground pepper
  • Handful of coriander
  • Salt as per taste

Method

  • Boil potatoes in salted water.
  • When done, remove their peels and dice them into small cubes.
  • Add olive oil to the diced potatoes.
  • Also add garlic powder, lemon juice, salt, and pepper.
  • Add chopped cucumber, onion into the potatoes and give everything a good mix.
  • Garnish with coriander and have this energy-packed potato salad which is beneficial for weight loss.

Enjoy!!