FoodImportant nutrients in potatoes: What not to pair this popular vegetable with for optimal health

Important nutrients in potatoes: What not to pair this popular vegetable with for optimal health

What should potatoes be served with?
What should potatoes be served with?
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10:11 AM EST, February 7, 2024, updated: 4:03 AM EST, March 7, 2024

Potatoes are a staple in diets worldwide due to their easy cultivation. They are a rich source of important nutrients, including vitamins A, B, C, D, E, and minerals like iodine, potassium, iron, and manganese. However, combining them with certain foods may negate their health-promoting properties.

Potatoes — a treasure trove of valuable nutrients

In Poland, potatoes occupy a special place. This vegetable has been deeply rooted in traditional Polish gastronomic culture, with the earliest recipes featuring potatoes dating back to the 17th century. King Jan III Sobieski of Poland received this modest gem from one of his expeditions. Little did he know, this seemingly unobtrusive plant would profoundly revolutionize Polish cuisine.

Potatoes are versatile, forming the foundation of many delightful dishes. Besides the subtly delicious boiled tuber, we churn out dumplings, gnocchi, pancakes, and casseroles using the ubiquitous potato. However, it is the boiled form that is the healthiest, carrying only 40 kcal in 3.5 ounces, along with a wealth of vitamins A, B, C, E, and D.

When potatoes don’t mix: common combinations that can risk your health

On their own, boiled potatoes are nutritious and easy to digest. However, pairing them with calorie-heavy additions, such as butter, cracklings, or rich sauces tends to amplify their caloric content and makes them harder to digest. Such indulgence can lead to bloating, stomach aches, and even heartburn.

Pairing potatoes with fatty roasts is a commonly beloved combo. It’s hard to find a better companion for light, fluffy puree than a roast. Unfortunately, this pairing is quite detrimental to our digestive system. The starch in potatoes reacts adversely with animal protein, hastening the fermentation process in the stomach. This lengthens the digestion process and can make us feel weighed down. If you have digestion issues, avoid combining potatoes with animal protein.

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