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Do Think of Potatoes as Veggies or a Starch?

I just heard about a survey conducted by the Idaho Potato Commission that found the potato to be America's favorite veggie. While I have nothing against potatoes — I love them — I just don't think of them as a veggie. I think of them as a starch. I conducted my own small survey on classifying spuds and the results were mixed. So now I pose the question to you . . .


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megania megania 8 years
What about a starchy veggie? I've never considered the two categories exclusive of one another. Sure, there's a lot of starch in a potato, but it's also an incredibly delicious and nutrient-rich vegetable.
ashopaholic ashopaholic 8 years
when i do count my 7-10 a day, I don't include potatoes. but oh how I love thee!
HoneyBrown1976 HoneyBrown1976 8 years
Callie325 Callie325 8 years
I consider them a starch -- but a much healthier, vitamin-ier starch than a roll or piece of bread.
divinedebris divinedebris 8 years
Delish, that's what I think. I think that I consider them a veggie, but I've really never thought about it. I make potatoes pretty consistently, once or twice a week but I absolutely love love 'em, gotta have a tater.
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 8 years
Starch! But I still love them!
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I generally think of them as a starch, but they are better for you than most refined starches if you eat them baked with the skin on.
Lo-Lo291303 Lo-Lo291303 8 years
Potatoes are a starch that I can definitely pass up. I find them tasteless and boring. Sweet potatoes on the other hand are a delicious veggie that are full of flavour and nutrients in my opinion.
julieulie julieulie 8 years
Definitely a starch, not a vegetable. It doesn't mean that I avoid them -- in fact, I bought some potatoes at the supermarket this morning -- but I would never count them towards my vegetable servings for the day. There are, of course, nutrients in the skins (which I always eat) so it is certainly not a waste, but you cannot say eating a potato is equal to eating a head of broccoli.
jlb88 jlb88 8 years
their GI index is way too high for me
LoveSarah LoveSarah 8 years
It's a starch and they are delicious!
jennjennnbubba jennjennnbubba 8 years
def as a starch
fashionplate525 fashionplate525 8 years
I love potatoes, esp. yams, but I think of them as a starch, and yes I do think about it!
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
wackdoodle wackdoodle 8 years
I said Veggie but actually I think of it as a tuber ( a root veggie a completely different creature in my mind for oh let's say spinach). Same with carrots- tuber. Potatoes are starchy but they are also loaded with Vitamin C and other great nutritious stuff.
gabiushka gabiushka 8 years
Allytta Allytta 8 years
Veggie. No, scratch that. Bread. I come from a place where potatoes are worshiped and it is bread, much like rye and wheat.
ThePerfectScore ThePerfectScore 8 years
starch.... mmmm fries... mashed potatoes... potato skins.... mmmmm
AMP AMP 8 years
Starch. And I've realized that I just really don't like potatoes. Besides french fries but that's b/c its hardly even a potato by then. But baked potato, mashed potatoes, twice packed, etc., etc. I'll PASS.
otaku otaku 8 years
i chose other because i think of it as both... it's a vegetable and it's a starch. it's a starchy veggie...
gumdrops334 gumdrops334 8 years
I love potatoes! But, if I have a potato with my meal, I feel it is unbalanced unless I have some green veggies or a salad. So I guess I'd consider it a starch
chatondeneige chatondeneige 8 years
I agree with evietoo, they're delish, and they can be a part of a healthy, balanced diet. I don't understand what the hatred is. Yeah, they're starchy, but the skin has some really good nutrients in it!
evietoo evietoo 8 years
Potato fear is overblown. It is a vegetable and, like pretty much everything other whole food on the planet, can be part of a balanced diet.
homekeeper homekeeper 8 years
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