Eat healthy with potatoes: advice from the nutrition expert

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November 13, 2023, 12:46 pm

Potatoes are filling and, if served correctly, healthy: the low-calorie tubers are full of vitamins, minerals and fiber. Nutrition expert Dr. Carl Meißner has tips for preparation.

Health factor Preparation method: do not fry

Fried, boiled or fried: each German eats an average of 60 kilograms of potatoes per year. The tuber fights against the stigma of gaining weight “The potato itself is denigrated because grandmother always said: Child, don’t eat so many potatoes because they make you fat. But that’s not the case at all, because a potato has fewer calories.” than, for example, a banana,” says nutritionist Carl Meißner, who works at the Magdeburg clinic.

Frying potato products is unhealthy, emphasizes nutrition expert Dr. Carl Meissner.

It’s less important how much you eat than how the potato ends up on your plate. “The preparation method is important. If I process it further into French fries or French fries, it has quite bad properties for our health. But if I cook it gently, it has a good effect on my health,” explains Meißner.

Nutritional valuesThe potato is made up of 80% water. It contains 16% carbohydrates, as well as 2% protein, 2% fiber and only 0.1% fat.

Vitamin C, potassium, antioxidants.

100 grams of cooked potatoes only have 70 calories and are full of healthy ingredients. “The potato is also called the lemon of the north because it is a true vitamin bomb. It is rich in vitamin C, has a lot of potassium and many antioxidants, which offer our body protective effects. We must cook them with the skin on, so that “all the ingredients really stay in the potato,” explains the nutritionist.

health adviceThe red and blue varieties of tubers contain especially valuable secondary plant substances. They have an anti-inflammatory effect and can reduce the risk of cancer. Those made with blue potatoes can also reduce blood pressure.

Potatoes keep you full for a long time and hardly cause an increase in blood sugar.

Compared to other foods such as white bread, pasta, fruit or fish, boiled potatoes are the undisputed favorite among satiating foods. And if you’re full, you don’t have to stuff anything back in so quickly. “Due to its volume, it causes a real distention of the stomach. A response is produced to the brain with the message: ‘We are full!’, explains Meißner.

The doctor mentions another advantage: the healthy tuber has a low glycemic index, which means that only small fluctuations in blood sugar level occur after its consumption. “There are no cravings, but a pleasant feeling of satiety,” he emphasizes.

Eat potatoes cooked and as cold as possible.

Potatoes definitely need to be cooked so that the starch they contain can be digested. Only when the starch grains are cooked do they swell, become soluble, and can be absorbed by the body.

By the way, cold boiled potatoes, like in a salad, are even healthier than those served hot. The starch is then digested in the large intestine and broken down, among other things, into butyric acid. This promotes healthy intestinal flora and counteracts inflammation.

Recipe suggestion: potato salad according to Aurélie Bastian


  • 500 g potatoes
  • 2 shallots
  • 1 bunch of parsley
  • 3 boiled eggs
  • 1 bunch of radishes
  • ½ cucumber
  • 10-12 small pickled cucumbers.


  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper.


  • Boil the potatoes, then peel them and cut them into slices.
  • Peel and cut the eggs into quarters.
  • Cut radishes, shallots, cucumbers and gherkins into small pieces or slices.
  • Finely chop the parsley.
  • Place all ingredients in a large bowl and stir.
  • Salsa Vinaigrette: Mix the oil, vinegar and mustard and season with salt and pepper. Mix the vinaigrette right before eating!

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