I am more good than bad

Share This Post

Share on facebook
Share on linkedin
Share on twitter
Share on email
Reading Time: 5 Minutes
Listen Now

‘Potato is not good for health’ is a wrong notion.  It contains lot of nutritional values.  But it all depends on how one eats it and what are the other ingredients that are added to it that determines its good or ill effects on one’s health.

I am more good than bad.  My name is potato.  In one way I am one of the oldest and in another sense I am one of the latest.  In the ancient ruins of Peru and Chile, archaeologists have found my remains that date back to 500 B.C.  In October 1995, I became the first vegetable to be grown in space.  NASA and the University of Wisconsin, Madison, created the technology with the goal of feeding astronauts on long space voyages, and eventually, feeding future space colonies.  So, the next time you hold me in your hand remember you are not just holding a vegetable, but a piece of history.

The Inca Indians in Peru were the first to cultivate me.  They were impressed by my ruggedness, storage quality and nutritional value.  The Incas not only grew and ate me, but also worshipped me.  They even buried me with their dead.  They used to stash me in concealed bins for use during war or famine.  The Incas called me ‘papas’.  Believe me, this is the Inca prayer.  “O Creator!  Thou who givest life to all things and hast made men that they may live, and multiply.  Multiply also the fruits of the earth, the potatoes and other food that thou hast made, that men may not suffer from hunger and misery.”

Of course, I also have some idiosyncrasies associated with me.  The German King Frederick William realised I was a good food source and ordered peasants to plant and eat me or their noses would be cut off.  Sir Walter Raleigh introduced me to Ireland in 1589 by planting me on 40,000 acres of land that was given to him by Queen Elizabeth I.

In 1853 railroad magnate Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt complained that his potatoes (that’s me) were cut too thick and sent me back to the kitchen at a fashionable resort in Saratoga Springs, New York.  To spite his haughty guest, Chef George Crum sliced some potatoes (again that’s me) paper thin, fried me in hot oil, salted me and served me in a new form.  To everyone’s surprise, Vanderbilt loved his ‘Saratoga Crunch Chips’, and I, in the name of ‘potato chips’, have not only became very popular ever since, but today I have become a multicrore industry.

With time, I have become one of the major foodstuff of the world.  My road was no bed of roses; I did have lots of bumps in the road.  People understood my drawbacks more often than my advantage.  People considered me poisonous.  People experienced disastrous potato blight.  Blight is basically a disease.  This terrible disease within me was caused by a fungus.  With this came my devastation throughout Europe.  Much later, a French botanist found an effective fungicide during 1880’s.  Yes, I was saved.  Thanks to the botanist, I became very popular and widely accepted in the world thereafter.  Today I am so common, plentiful and pervasive in the diet that I am taken for granted.

Basically I am a weedy plant recognised for my tuberous growth.  I am from a family of nightshade and my leaves are indeed poisonous.  I come in hundreds of varieties and in many sizes, shapes and colours.  But despite the differences, the fact remains we all have same nutritional value.

Over the years I have earned a very bad name – so much so that they think of me and say I am fattening.  The problem is not me, but it’s the way you prepare me.  A few, handful of potato chips has the same number of calories as two medium-sized, baked potatoes topped with zero-fat yogurt and steamed vegetables.  Those of you who enjoy adding oil to me, topping me with cheese, frying and deep-frying till you see the dark brown crust, French fries and other buttered  stuff – now, you are in trouble.  Actually, it is these combinations which make you suffer.  That’s bad for you and your blood stream which will lead to many diseases.  Of course, because of my high carbohydrate content, diabetic people should avoid me.

I am here to remind you that by nature I am fat-free and cholesterol-free.  I am essentially here to clarify that I am not fattening you.  I am healthy and nutritious depending upon your preparation.  The good news is that you no more have to feel guilty about including me in your treats.

I am fuss-free and lend myself to be transformed magically into the tastiest of dishes.  I definitely do not have to tell you how tasty I am.  If there is one universally liked and readily available, and is an economical ingredient, it is me. I am so versatile that you can serve me with any dish of yours.  In various dishes I am used as a binding agent.  I am available all through the year.  I represent excellent value for money.  Studies reveal that I am cool, delicious, heavy and dry, and have energising qualities.  Do you know that I am one of the most nutritious staple crops discovered by man?

I am absorbed by your body within two and half hours of eating me.  Talking about my nutritional properties, I contain more potassium than a banana.  I contain nearly half of the recommended daily intake of Vitamin C.  I am one of the best sources of carbohydrates, the body’s best energy source.  I have ample supply of Vitamin B6, which helps to bolster immunity.  I contain as much fibre as a 1/3 cup serving of oat bran.  I am a very good source of zinc, iron, phosphorous and magnesium.  I am low in calories and fat as well as sodium, and I am cholesterol-free.  I am 80% water.  All virtues of cereals are imbibed in me.  The nutrients in me are easily digestible.  The best way to have me is to take me with my skin.  My skin is a good source of fibre and potassium.

Over the years I have earned a very bad name – so much so that they think of me and say I am fattening.  The problem is not me, but it’s the way you prepare me.  A few, handful of potato chips has the same number of calories as two medium-sized, baked potatoes topped with zero-fat yogurt and steamed vegetables.

Scurvy in Europe has become more and more uncommon with my increase.  My juice gives good relief to the patients suffering from duodenal ulcers.  There have been encouraging results in several skin diseases especially eczema.  I am an alkaline food which means I am good for people suffering from hyperacidity.  In beauty care, my face packs are good for the dry pigmented skin.

I do have some disagreeable traits.  If left for a long time, I begin to turn green.  Greening is caused when I am exposed to light and it is poisonous.  You must refrain from eating when I am damaged or turn green in colour.  This can create gastrointestinal disturbances including nausea, vomiting, and diarrhoea, and cause haemolytic and hemorrhagic damage to the gastrointestinal tract.  That’s why you need to be careful while eating me with the skin.

I am very useful to you.  But I have my conditions.  If you adhere to them, I will do all the good to your health.  If not, you might lose my vital properties.  You should cut me only when you require me.  If I am left cut for a long time, I lose my vitamin C content.  If you peel me before I am steamed or boiled, my nutrients are lost.  I am very choosy about my place – I need to be kept in dark but dry place.  I should not be stored in the fridge as my flavour will change.  I shouldn’t be kept close to onions as gases released by the onions can increase my decay.

Boil, bake, and steam me.  I can be a valuable adjunct to a balanced diet.  That’s the truth.  The positives weigh well above my negative qualities.  I am in your hands; you can make me good or bad for you.  Please then don’t blame me if people call you couch potatoes!!

Subscribe to Our Weekly Videos & Messages

More To Explore

Consistency

Consistency

Listen Now This is the pathway for back-to-back success! Way back in December, Anshul set a goal to lose 15 kg!  With three months of...

Read More
Reaction-and-response

Reaction and Response

Listen Now How can we gift ourselves this maturity to shift from reaction to response? What is the difference between reaction and response? Reaction Reaction...

Read More
Biological-Clock

Biological clock

Listen Now Your body is tuned to a system.  Hence, systematise your routine and stick to a schedule.  This will go a long way in...

Read More

The power of we

Listen Now The blow was severe…  What made them stand with strength? About 6 months ago, my family received an award from the hands of...

Read More
excitement Life awaits

Life awaits

Excitement – What are the return gifts life is expecting from us? My colleague was all excited as we were having a casual chat during...

Read More
everyday-Live

Live

Listen Now How can we live life with ‘Life’? We are living in a busy and fast world.  There is so much we want to...

Read More
Grow but not age.

Grow but not Age

Listen Now Putting days into life is ageing.  Putting life into days is growing.  Let us grow and not age. The hardest aspect of getting...

Read More
business-Weakness

Weakness

Listen Now A way to overcome weakness. In Mahabharata, Duryodhana would repeatedly say, “I know what is right but I cannot indulge in it.  I...

Read More
Likes and dislikes

Likes and dislikes

Listen Now How to go beyond this? Guavas are like coffee: They fill the air with their heavenly smell and announce their presence. Their overwhelming...

Read More
Business, my guru

Business, my Guru!

Listen Now We all know the saying, ‘Work is worship’.  Can we translate that into our occupations? Krishna, a small merchant operating from his compact...

Read More
Do not YELL at me

Do not yell at me

Listen Now Every teen shouts back! Read on to understand why… Way back during my school days, there would be days when I wouldn’t complete...

Read More
Blind spots

Blind Spots

Listen Now Being aware of our blind spots is essential and here is a treatise on understanding it better… What are blind spots?  Blind spots...

Read More
Meri Maa

Meri Maa

Listen Now A touching letter to her mother… Every day at the end of our long phone call, there is still so much unsaid.  Every...

Read More
Funnel

Funnel

Listen Now Minimize spillage with a Funnel…  Try this one For a painter, there are options of thousands of colours to choose to begin his...

Read More
Body Gateway to the mind

Body Gateway to the mind

Listen Now We can train our mind to immediately think positive whenever we face a stressful situation. Most of the health problems are psychosomatic because...

Read More
Harmony

Harmony

Listen Now How can we invite it in all aspects of our life? Harmony is a universal word – a universal state of affairs –...

Read More
Your ROI

Your ROI

Listen Now Here is a rumination of return on investment, both on material and spiritual! A vegetable vendor pulls his cart in our neighbourhood.  His...

Read More
As we think

As we think

Listen Now Triggers that help you most are the ones that make you think the most… The Dhammapada says: ‘You are what you think.  All...

Read More
Proximity

Proximity

Listen Now How much of it do we allow? Leanardo Dicaprio won the Golden globe award for best actor in Jan 2016; he also became...

Read More
Smokeless Tobacco

Smokeless Tobacco

Listen Now Tobacco, in any form, is injurious to health.  There’s no such thing as a safe tobacco product.  All habits start very small, but...

Read More
What is Freedom

What is freedom

Listen Now Celebrating our country’s freedom should go beyond just rituals…   The apartment where I reside had outsourced the August 15th, Independence Day celebrations...

Read More
life-expectations

Ways of life

Listen Now Life Expectations – He who accepts all will survive anywhere in life…   When we are interested in doing something, we are ever...

Read More
feel I am worth it

I am worth it

Listen Now When you feel this, an inexplicable fulfillment descends on you! Being a woman, I can speak for my gender.  However, I am sure...

Read More
Broken Bone

Broken bone…

Listen Now Can an unpleasant incident create so much happiness?   Resolutions are commonly made before the New Year commences or perhaps on the 1st...

Read More
Nature-mother-Giving-Back

Giving Back

Listen Now Nature, Here is a solution to be happy and peaceful…   Man is an intelligent being and lives in a society.  To improve...

Read More
relationship

Love people not things

Listen Now Relationship, Are materialistic things more important than human relationships?   Kavita aunty, a complete chatterbox and a live wire, left after a month’s...

Read More
celebrate

A new day

Listen Now We celebrate the first day of the year as a New Beginning… Isn’t every day a new day?   Every morning is a...

Read More
honesty BOOKKEEPING

BOOKKEEPING

Listen Now Honesty, If we live life with honesty and integrity we not only benefit ourselves but society as a whole. My assistant carried out...

Read More
beleive-BeYOUtiful

BeYOUtiful

Listen Now Beleive, how this youthful author found peace… No one can stop you when you believe in yourself. I remember myself being that happy...

Read More
Entangled

Entangled

Listen Now Science validates the truths which spiritualists knew long before… In Quantum physics, there is a phenomenon called ‘Quantum Entanglement’ which riled Albert Einstein...

Read More

One love

Listen Now Do we know what love is?  Love enriches our lives… During my teenage years, I did not understand what love is all about. ...

Read More

Temper

Listen Now If we lose it, we lose everything… Mr. Ram Kapoor, the HOD of the Department of Psychology stepped out of the Principal’s room...

Read More

The numbers game

Listen Now We make the mistake of quantifying everything in our lives.  But so many things are qualitative, not quantitative. I happened to read an...

Read More

Wish list…

Listen Now Here is a wish list for 2020! 5,4,3,2,1… and the calendar turns yet again. The Chinese lanterns float into the new skies. There...

Read More

Sports reveals character

Listen Now Timothy Philip Timothy Philip – ‘Tim’ Don is a triathlete from United Kingdom. A three-time Olympian, four-time ITU World Champion of triathlon and...

Read More

Prana in Food

Listen Now Eating the right food is good not only for the body but also for the mind. Can we live without food? Probably for...

Read More

Subscribe to Our Weekly Videos & Messages

Connect with us Now

TAT - THIS AND THAT

A few unanswered questions could be slowing down your progress…
Stopping you from being the infinite possibility you are created to be.
Passion OR Profession?
Contentment OR Ambition?
Work OR Family?
Success OR Happiness?
Spirituality OR Materialism?