Being on a diet, with so many temptations around, is very difficult. But it’s even harder when you’re trying to eat a healthy diet and there’s so much conflicting information about what works and what doesn’t work for you.
For example, there are many types of foods suggested by nutritionists that, at first glance, seem like the perfect enemy of dieting. However, according to various studies and researches, it seems that what really matters is the amount of food that is consumed, not the food itself.
Take, for example, pasta. And potatoes too. Who would believe that you can actually lose weight if you include one or both in a diet program. In fact, they can really help people eat healthier.
We will try to explain the very reasons.
The dangers of carbohydrates?
In fact, recent studies have pointed out that carbs aren’t as dangerous as we thought. However, in reality, based on scientific data, the facts look a little different. One of the reasons may be that potatoes and pasta are very high in potassium, a very important element for the healthy development of your body. We need potassium for the proper functioning of the heart muscle and we also need it in general for the proper functioning of our muscles and nerves.
On the other hand, potatoes contain vitamin B6, which is very important for the immune system as well as for the functioning of the brain. What pasta has more than potatoes are important minerals, such as riboflavin, folate or niacin, which have significant health benefits.
Which is healthier?
Well, it looks like the competition between the two isn’t over yet. Nutritionists disagree on which is healthier. Some would argue that potatoes have a complex carbohydrate structure and therefore provide plenty of energy for longer periods of time. Therefore, a recommended food to include in a long-term diet.
Either way, healthier is when a diet is balanced and avoids putting your body into a hunger strike mood. Such a drastic intake is very dangerous for overall health and damages your body in the long run.
In fact, potatoes and pasta have their own benefits and being able to utilize these benefits is important for your body structure and metabolism. The vitamins and minerals in potatoes are just as good as those in pasta. The choice is yours.
On the other hand, a higher consumption of potatoes can be dangerous for your glycemic index, measuring the level of sugar in the blood. Therefore, caution should be exercised when regularly eating large amounts of it.
However, if you have diabetes with high blood sugar, any food with a high glycemic index will not be good for you.
What about the diet?
Well, when it comes to calorie intake, it seems like the answers are a lot easier. And clearer too. What we know for sure so far is that potatoes have 79% fewer calories than pasta. For example, for 100 grams of pasta, the amount of calories is 371. Instead, for the same amount of potatoes, the amount of calories is 79.
In fact, there is an even clearer answer: in case you are about to start a very specific bodybuilding program, neither potatoes nor pasta are suitable. Therefore, if you are looking for a more elaborate diet, you better forget that you have ever had any in your life. Much better, and less separation anxiety. The high carbohydrate content of both foods is easily stored in the body as fat. Exactly the opposite of what one seeks by working hard for a dream body.
In the end, what really matters is that you stay healthy and that your body has enough minerals and vitamins to fight off various diseases and has enough energy to get through the day. In many cases, the best recommendation is to set up your diet plans in direct collaboration with a nutritionist. Thus, you have the chance to be offered a program perfectly adapted to your needs.