Don’t forget the humble spud!

Irish people are renowned for having potatoes at dinnertime but it might be surprising to know that the amount of potatoes eaten in Ireland is reducing; we are instead using pasta, rice, cous cous as our carbohydrate of choice.

Irish people are renowned for having potatoes at dinnertime but it might be surprising to know that the amount of potatoes eaten in Ireland is reducing; we are instead using pasta, rice, cous cous as our carbohydrate of choice.

Cara Cunningham, Community Dietitian

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But we shouldn’t forget the humble spud, as a choice it is relatively cheap, convenient and tasty. Nutritionally they are naturally low in fat, salt, high in potassium. They are a filling addition to any mealtime.  

Potatoes have been singled out by many as causing weight gain, however a medium potato contains just over 100 calories, it is often the butter or sauce we add that bump up the calorie content.

Research has shown that the route of weight gain is in the ‘extras’ we eat between meals that are often high in fats and sugars. The potato at mealtime should keep you filled up and less inclined to have snacks between meals.

Potatoes can also be added to soups and help thicken them making a tasty, low fat snack. So whether it’s Rooster, Kerr’s Pink, Record, Queens, Golden Wonder or whatever stop a while to consider our humble spud, and don’t forget this tasty, filling and healthy food at mealtime.

For more information or for more information on diet and nutrition, please contact:

The Community Nutrition and Dietetic Service, HSE Dublin-Mid Leinster Tel: (044) 9353220 or email community.dietitians@hse.ie.