Posted Friday, January 7, 2011 at 1:02 PM
Everyone knows diabetics shouldn't eat white potatoes. Everyone knows that because everyone says so.
The glycemic index is the worst thing to happen to potatoes since the potato blight (Phytophthora infestans) of 1845. Because potatoes are said to be very high on the GI, they are considered as healthy for diabetics as strycknine, arsenic, and white bread.
My blood glucose being under good control these days, I decided to test the white potato for myself, to determine what that food might do to my glucose scores. I incorporated a sizeable white potato, baked, into my dinner last evening. The other foods were all old friends, unlikely to cause me ill.
Here are the results of my meter's tests.
Before dinner: 80
Two hours after dinner: 100
Three hours after dinner: 88
This morning's fasting level: 77
I have that potato's twin, so I'll repeat the test in a couple days. If I get the same or similar results, I'll be happy to welcome Mr. Potato back into my regular diet.
What's in a large baked white potato?