Many of us who want to lose weight use the low-carb, high protein diet; heck, even celebrity Melissa McCarthy credited her recent transformation to it. New studies suggest that the tactic may be contributing to a reduction in fiber intake, and in turn leading to some serious health problems.
When we undertake such diets, we reject vegetables and fruits based on the amount of calories we wish to consume—potato being number one on the reject list for all the wrong reasons.
Dieters often believe potatoes are calorific and fattening, but they need to know that potatoes are naturally fat-free, and lower in calories than you realize. They provide 12 percent of the average adult intake of fiber, which is twice the amount we get from breakfast cereals and 30 percent more than a person’s intake from brown bread.
Fiber is crucial for good health and long-term population studies suggest it may help reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes and some cancers too. It also aids digestion and supports weight control by promoting a sense of fullness.
Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) recommends that half of a person’s calories come from carbohydrates, particularly starchy carbs such as potatoes and whole grain cereals. Our dietary fiber intake should be largely achieved from a variety of foods, such as whole grains, pulses, potatoes, vegetables and fruits.