Here at Heavy 2 Healthy we often get asked if white potatoes are whole 30? It’s a common question because they can be consumed in so many different forms and are used for a wide range of dishes. So there is some confusion amongst the whole 30 community. But are they allowed on whole 30? Read on…
French fries, potato chips, mash, baked and roasted potatoes are all varieties of potato that are nutrient dense food. White potatoes are starchy, slightly creamy, slightly dense and have delicate skin. They are full of nutrients and fibre and a great source of vitamin B6, potassium, copper, vitamin C, manganese, phosphorus, niacin, dietary fibre and pantothenic acid. Potatoes are used for multiple dishes from around the world are are available year round as they are always harvested somewhere every month of the year.
Unfortunately, most people eat white potatoes in the form of greasy french fries or potato chips – thus the reason why they were not allowed when the whole 30 program started. This has caused some debate about whether they should be consumed on the whole 30 diet. People also tend to load their baked potatoes with fatty foods such as butter, sour cream, melted cheese and bacon.
Are white potatoes whole 30?
Yes! White potatoes are now allowed on whole 30 diet! Period. French fries and potato chips are strictly banned though. So you can enjoy your white potatoes mashed, baked or roasted. The official whole 30 rules were changed in August 2014 to include all varieties of potatoes – white, yukon gold, red, purple, baby, sweet potatoes etc.
Quote from the official whole 30 website;
White potatoes pack a whole lot of energy into a relatively small package. If you’re overweight, insulin-resistant or otherwise metabolically challenged, and not very active, you don’t need a lot of extra energy on your daily plate. If this is your context, use white potatoes sparingly in your Whole30 meal plan, if at all. Plus, if you eat mashed potatoes with every dinner, you’ll miss out on a world of colourful, nutrient-dense vegetables to explore. Bust out of your potato rut and discover a newfound love of Brussels sprouts, asparagus, or kale!
White potato is a healthy vegetable and should be treated as exactly that. The vegetable was excluded in the first place because of its relation to french fries and potato chips which are not in the spirit of whole 30.
So go ahead and include white potatoes in your whole 30-day program but make sure you eat them in moderation.