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What Is So Wrong With Mashed Potato ???

Diabetes Forum The Global Diabetes Community Find support, ask questions and share your experiences. Join the community I keep reading that boiled potato, new potato and jacket potato is ok in moderation but mashed potato seems to be a big no and i would like someone to explain why this is so ? After all mashed potato is just boiled potato with a bit of milk and butter right ??? The more you break a food down, the easier and quicker your body can process the carbs from ot so you get a "spike" in BG levels. Similarly, if you ate and orange, you would not get such a large rise in levels as if you'd juiced it. So, all carbs in moderation and the way they are processed affect how your body reacts. New potato is ok for me as a small portion but jacket potato spikes me the same way as mashed does probably a more starchy type but could be the length of time cooked to release the starch ? What 'Paul-1976' says is quite right. the more processed the Potato is, the easier the human body can break the strch structure down within the gut and hence give rise to rapid increases in B/G levels. For this reason the instant mashed potato should be restricted or avoided if possible. Adding Fat in th Continue reading >>

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  1. susanann

    Can anyone help me please? Is instant mash a no-no for diabetics?

  2. DeusXM

    Depends on the type. Mash (instant or otherwise) contains a lot of carbohydrate. T1s can bolus for mash, and some T2s may be able to eat small portions without it affecting them. As a T1 I will eat mashed potato but I do have the flexibility to do so.
    Generally though, a better option for everyone (regardless of whether or not they have diabetes) is mashed cauliflower - taste and texture is the same but it has almost no carbs.

  3. Dory

    ...or mashed swede and carrot, or, my personal fave......mashed celeriac MMMMMMMMMMMM
    mashed potato is really high GI/GL and low in fibre and, as Deus says, high in carbs. mashed veg alternatives are much healthier (and tastier too! I tried some mashed potato a while ago after a long time having switched to veg alternatives and it tasted really bland - quite unappetising).
    for the swede/carrot chop both into small cubes and boil for 40mins then mash as you would potato, for celeriac, the same but boil for about 20 mins.

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