Braised new potatoes can even be enjoyed by most diabetics. If you want to be exotic, try adding a few elaichi seeds; they are also known as cardamom. A bit of chili would never go amiss if you like it spicy.
Never get stuck with a recipe; be creative and try adding a bit of this or that until you find the perfect formula for your family.
Slow food, made fast, nevertheless remains central to our philosophy. Is
it nutritious and can you make it in a reasonable amount of time? If
not, you end up going to the take-away and that is a disaster. You have
no idea what ingredients, chemicals and flavourants they have added; or how old the oil used to fry your chips was.
Regularly raised blood-glucose is now being fingered as one of the major causes of inflammation in the body and, in particular of the veins and arteries.
Heart surgeons are reporting that the inner lining called the intima is getting redder and more angry-looking than ever. Refined carbohydrates and even some potatoes are at the core of the problem.
If you have a weight problem, or are diabetic, then cool your braised new potatoes, and enjoy them reheated the next day; don't eat them hot after the first cooking.
Remember that refrigerating any carbohydrate overnight causes the starch to retrograde; molecules link together making it more difficult for the enzymes in the small intestine to digest them. The net result is less of a blood glucose surge and only a minor need for insulin from the pancreas; and so it is also less fattening as it is stored as glycogen rather than any excess as adipose tissue.
Instead that starch reaches the colon where beneficial bacteria feed on it greedily to produce many important byproducts, but little glucose, and more gas unfortunately. Read more about this at reheating resistant starch.
Let us state it candidly, if you want to live long in the land, avoid processed carbohydrate, and in general keep your total starch to less than 150g per day.
Diabetics and the obese should be eating less than 50g per day, and even lower if they are unstable.
Research from Tufts University shows the average American is consuming half a cup of sugar per day, much of it hidden in sauces, soups and cereals; that alone is 100g.
Much of it is often drunk in colas and so-called energy drinks.
Braised new potatoes have a lower glycemic index so there is less of a blood-sugar surge; they are deliciously crispy on the outside with soft centres.
They have a lot more water than those from cold-storage; experiment with how much you should add.
Routinely potatoes are sprayed with a herbicide called paraquat just before harvesting; the aim is to kill off the plant. Without a doubt residues remain in the spuds. I confess to being neurotically afraid of all these toxic poisons that we are being exposed to.
With autoimmune-diseases and malignant neoplasms being rife in my family I am so glad that we have resorted to planting our own potatoes.
This is our philosophy and we make no apology for it; we are convinced it is the reason why neither of us in our eighth decade are taking any medication and have not consulted a doctor for more than a year. Prevention always was and still is better than a cure.
Our focus is on what is known as blue zone longevity. It is certainly no guarantee one will live to a happy and vibrant one hundred years but it definitely shifts the statistics in our favour. Grow and braise your own new potatoes is our recommendation; chill and reheat them before eating if you are obese.
Potatoes are a good source of essential amino-acids such as lysine; but overall they contain only a small amount of protein.
Magnesium is an incredibly important mineral; it is required in over 300 biochemical reactions in the body. Less than half the people on the modern "industrial diet" are getting sufficient with many below 50% of the RDA. In particular it is associated with lower blood-pressure.
Potatoes have a remarkably high magnesium content; ten-times as much as most other vegetables. However this is almost completely lost in French Fries and chips.
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