MEET DR JOE KOSTERICH M.B.B.S. LOCALLY GROWN FRESH POTATOES HEALTH AMBASSADOR
Author, speaker, doctor and health industry consultant, Dr Joe Kosterich wants you to be healthy and get the most out of life.
Dr Joe has a weekly health segment on The Today show on Channel 9 and is seen regularly on Channel 9 News. He is on drive every Tuesday with Paul Murray on 6PR, Perth and has been the ‘Nightline’ and Perth Tonight doctor for the last ten years, as well as being a regular on 4BC Brisbane. He has been a guest on numerous American Internet radio shows and is a guest contributor on international health and wellbeing websites.
Dr Joe gives motivational and practical health talks for the general public and corporations on how to look and feel better.
He has had previous positions in the Australian Medical Association and sat on numerous industry and government boards. He has extensive corporate experience in the setting up and management of medical centres and in helping businesses maintain a healthy workforce.
GET THE FACTS ABOUT CARBOHYDRATES, STARCH AND GI WITH DR JOE KOSTERICH
Our bodies need to have some carbohydrates each day to give us energy. The key is to eat mainly good carbohydrates. The best type is the complex carbohydrate which is absorbed more slowly. Potatoes are a source of complex carbohydrates and they have essential vitamins and minerals too. It surprises many people to learn that for the same serving size, potatoes have less carbohydrates than rice or pasta. So you can enjoy eating potatoes as part of a healthy diet without having to worry about too many carbs.
There are many myths about foods and this is one. The Glycaemic Index (GI) is basically a measure of how quickly a carbohydrate is absorbed by the body. The lower the number the slower the absorption. Whilst there is nothing wrong with eating some foods which are high GI (for example watermelon) it is good to eat mainly foods which are in the low (below 55) or medium (55 to 70) range. Potatoes in the main are low GI although some may be medium depending on how they are prepared. Even when dieting you still need energy. Eating potatoes as part of a healthy diet not only provide you with a good source of energy but also essential vitamins and minerals. So you can enjoy eating potatoes on a low GI diet.
The reality is that potatoes are good for you and here is why. The term starch is a generic term for carbohydrate which does not allow for the difference between “good and bad” carbs. Our bodies do best when we provide them with complex or good carbs. These are absorbed more slowly and come with other goodness. Potatoes are a source of complex or good carbohydrates as well as essential vitamins and minerals. With less “starch” than rice or pasta and with vitamin C iron and magnesium, potatoes are an important part of a healthy diet.
DR JOE TALKS HOW POTATOES ARE AN ESSENTIAL PART OF A HEALTHY DIET
DIABETES MATTERS EXPLORES SOME SURPRISING POTATO FACTS
With much interest in – and money spent on – super foods like chia seeds and goji berries, some may be surprised that nutritionists are urging consumers to consider normal, every day fruits and vegetables as superfoods, with most being just as good for you.
The humble potato is a great example. Often wrongly considered as a starchy, nutrient-poor food source, potatoes are in fact high in essential vitamins and minerals, low in fat and a potent source of antioxidants. Potatoes do bring far more to the table than just carbohydrate.
The humble potato has been a dietary staple the world over for hundreds of years. And for good reason. They’re packed with dietary fibre, vitamins and minerals and are virtually fat free.
Carbohydrates are the main energy source for our body, but should be taken in moderation. Eat more carbs than your body can burn off as energy and your body’s glucose store will become saturated. The good news is fresh potatoes contain 50% less carbs than rice and 25% less carbs than pasta.
Potassium is an essential dietary mineral and electrolyte that is stored in our body cells. It helps build muscle, regulates blood pressure and helps our heart and kidneys to function properly. No wonder people are going bananas for potatoes.
Iron is an essential mineral that helps to transport oxygen throughout our bodies. Lack of iron in your diet can cause fatigue. Next time the kids turn their noses up at broccoli, do them a favour and pop a potato on their plate.
VIRTUALLY FAT FREE
If you have one eye on the scales, you should have the other on fresh potatoes. Virtually fat free and with a low energy density (the amount of calories/kilojoules they provide per gram) these little beauties are ideal for helping with weight management.
We all know that fibre helps keep us ‘regular’. But did you know that fresh potatoes have 20% more fibre than pasta and more than double the fibre of rice?
Vitamin C is an antioxidant for your body. Among other things it helps slow down or prevent cell damage and protects us from infection. But our bodies don’t store vitamin C, so we need to get a regular intake. And what better way than with a daily serving of fresh potatoes.
So what is folate and what does it do for our bodies? Folate is one of the B-group vitamins. It helps our bodies to produce healthy red blood cells and is particularly important for pregnant women as it helps reduce the risk of spina bifida in unborn babies.
There are 8 B-group vitamins and each one has an important function for our bodies, from strengthening our muscles, joints and ligaments to anti swelling and nutrient absorption.