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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?
http://www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/foodcomp/cgi-bin/list_nut_edit.pl
 

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Nice work, Sharon!


I had a weekend last summer when we were attending a family reunion and the hotel breakfast buffet featured the most delicious looking hashbrown potatoes. I finally caved and ate them two mornings in a row without incident.
 
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I stayed away from potatoes (Russet) for the longest time after diagnosis, one of my meal staples. Last summer I broke down and made a baked potato with a little salt and pepper to go with my steak. Tested one hour later, 138mg/dL. 2 hours later, 105mg/dL, which is normal for me no matter what I seem to eat.

I think my pancreas puts out a little more than it used to since I've given it a break with a daily basal dose of Lantus.
 

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I can eat a small amount of potato with a meal if I have enough fat and protein at the same time. I often eat sweet potatoes, no problem. When I make my stews I often throw cut up potato and sweet potato in with the beef.
 

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If you haven't figured it out, that is one of the greatest reasons people suggest eating to your meter and what works for one may not work for another person.

You did right in having good readings before and doing the testing. You must also know that what works today, may not work a few years in the future. One of the quirks of diabetes. I have been able to add some foods back in small quantities, but others still run the meter up.

One of the reasons I and many other people recommend to new people to stop potatoes, rice, and other white foods plus pasta is to enable people to gain control quickly of their blood glucose levels. And this is the same thing my doctors said to me.

Yes, many people have little to no problems with some white potatoes, but others can have BG spikes on small quantities. Good luck on your second test.
 

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I retested with that potato's twin yesterday with similar results.

Eating to our meters is the way to go! My meter has become my best friend.
 

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they are considered as healthy for diabetics as strycknine, arsenic, and white bread.
What about dynamite? You have a way with words don't you :)

I've mostly switched over to yams since I found out they are easy to microwave. I put a medium yam in for 3 sets of 5 minutes cooking with a pause between each 5 min. It comes out great.

But it's nice to hear your results. I might just try a regular potato in the microwave.
 

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What about dynamite? You have a way with words don't you :)

I've mostly switched over to yams since I found out they are easy to microwave. I put a medium yam in for 3 sets of 5 minutes cooking with a pause between each 5 min. It comes out great.

But it's nice to hear your results. I might just try a regular potato in the microwave.
Just passing along a little hint...been for years, baking sweet potatoes in foil wrappers and freezing after cooling. I bake up to a dozen or more at a time and now that I'm diabetic I'm eating a 1/2 a night. These are what we call #2's the long skinny type potato. Unwrap, split the potato put a little smear of margarine and sprinkle with cinnamon.

A good snack is the "French Fried" sweet potatoes... Baked, sprinkled with cinnamon. :)
 

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I've never had a problem with white potatoes or pizza for that matter, as long I eat the right serving.

For me it's corn.. 4 taco shells @ 4g carbs each sent me to the 160s, I can have 2/3 cup mashed potatoes or 1 small baked one and my numbers are good... 92 two nights ago when I had roasted red potatoes with our roast.

Totally depends on the person, and I fully understand it might change eventually.
 

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...Totally depends on the person, and I fully understand it might change eventually.
That's 'the nail on the head', so to speak.

Everyone is different. For me, I can't eat even a medium baked potato (I don't bother with small ones, I'm 6'3" and 250lbs...) without a big spike...

BUT ... I can eat Potato Skins: I bake a potato, let it cool, cut it in half, then scoop the potato flesh out of each half (leaving the skin and roughly 1/8" - 3/16" of white part only). Then I add a mixture of bacon bits, shredded cheese and green onion and bake it another 20 minutes. YUM. I eat only 1/2 of the potato at a time. Only a very moderate increase in blood sugar, about what I'd expect from any meal, and I return to 'normal' in about 2 hrs.
 

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I've never had a problem with white potatoes or pizza for that matter, as long I eat the right serving.

For me it's corn.. 4 taco shells @ 4g carbs each sent me to the 160s, I can have 2/3 cup mashed potatoes or 1 small baked one and my numbers are good... 92 two nights ago when I had roasted red potatoes with our roast.

Totally depends on the person, and I fully understand it might change eventually.
A perfect reason to eat to the meter! I had some roasted red potatoes the other night and the result was 172. Gosh I sure miss baked potatoes:hungry:
 

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A perfect reason to eat to the meter! I had some roasted red potatoes the other night and the result was 172. Gosh I sure miss baked potatoes:hungry:
Good thing potatoes aren't considered a staple where you live.

Oh ... wait ... Idaho... :wink:

I miss 'em too, Spud. I'd rather miss them than deal with the complications though. :)
 
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