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BodyBannerOne important step to start undoing our harmful American eating habits is to cut back on potatoes.

It’s not that potatoes are inherently unhealthy, but that the only potatoes worth eating are more difficult to come by.

photo (47)Since we developed such an obsessive demand for potatoes in this country, potato farming practices have been greatly compromised for the end result of producing the most yield, as is what happened with beef production.

Most potatoes are bombed with pesticides above ground, but what makes things worse is that since it is a root vegetable, harmful substances found in the soil also make its way into our buddy Spud.

One USDA study showed that 81 percent of potatoes still contained pesticides, even after being washed and peeled.

Most of the dietary fiber is found in the peel, and potatoes are a high Glycemic Index (GI) food, which makes eating an unpeeled, pesticide-loaded potato not a great idea for people with type-2 diabetes.

On the flip side, potatoes are a good source of vitamin B6 and potassium and also contains

  • copper
  • vitamin C
  • manganese
  • phosphorus
  • niacin
  • dietary fiber
  • pantothenic acid

In order to get these nutrients, make sure to eat locally-grown organic. Organic is better than the plain ol’ potato, but organic farming doesn’t guarantee the use of pesticide-free soil.

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