Mashed potatoes high in nitrate/nitrite?

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Mashed potatoes high in nitrate/nitrite?

Postby AnnGrazjun » Mon 26 Feb 2007 03:16

I'm going to be visiting my grandmothers this coming week, and she knows I'm on this crazy diet she doesn't understand. But to help me out, she plans on cooking a big feast for vegetarians (for me) and other things for meat-eaters, separately. Bless her soul, but I don't want to eat too much cause of the 'dirtiness' of the cooked foods. BUT I will have to eat her mashed potatoes though, cause she's pretty big on that. She says she'll only use 2 ingredients: Potatoes, and lots of organic butter. One thing though, I'm worried about gorging on that because I heard it has a high content of nitrate/nitrite? What do you guys think?? :?
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Re: Mashed potatoes high in nitrate/nitrite?

Postby RRM » Mon 26 Feb 2007 18:57

Compared to other vegetables, on the average, potatoes dont contain much nitrate at all; at least 18 veggies contain more nitrate, on average.
However, some potatoes are high in mitrate and nitrite.
Luckily, you can buy potatoes that will not be high in nitrate/nitrite by buying organic potatoes, as the nitrate comes from over-fertilization.
So, you might want to tell her that you 'gladly' eat her mashed potatoes if she buys organic...
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Postby avo » Mon 26 Feb 2007 21:25

I think as long as you follow RRM's advice, and remember to put plenty of butter/oil on the potatos, you will be ok.

Let us know how things work out!
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Postby AnnGrazjun » Tue 27 Feb 2007 02:10

Thanks. Whether it's organic or not, do you know if red potatoes are better than brown? Healthwise, nitrate/nitrite more or less, etc. Your replies are very much welcomed, thanks again.
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Postby avo » Tue 27 Feb 2007 03:05

I think Yukon Gold or sweet potatos would be best, but I think we're just spliting hairs... potato munch food is potato munch food.
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Postby dionysus » Tue 06 Mar 2007 19:35

Non-salted butter best 8)
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Postby avo » Tue 06 Mar 2007 19:41

AKA sweet butter.

You could always bring a tomato/cucumber vinegar salad, maybe enough to share.
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Postby AnnGrazjun » Wed 07 Mar 2007 06:36

Thanks everyone I really appreciate your comments. I got back on Sunday night with plenty of good memories and, a few converts! :lol: Long story short, a few people at the 'get-together' became interested in my diet, and after hearing great things about it they decided to give it a shot! Yippeee :D But an interesting chat came about... as far as eating raw yolks, what with all the bird flu pandemic, should we be worrying about it? And I saw a story once where they uncovered the egg companies claiming to be organic/free range were actually NOT. Since the government doesn't regulate the claims on egg cartons, they can pretty much get away with saying anything they want. So any of us could be victims of this atrocious act... :evil:
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Postby Oscar » Wed 07 Mar 2007 12:07

We've discussed the bird flu in this thread: viewtopic.php?t=97
I don't think anything changed since then, so it's still relevant.

Regarding your other concern, I think you're correct. I'm not sure which countries have which carton regulations, but if you want to be really sure, go visit the farm. I personally haven't done that (I might at some point), but I get them from a healthfood store where the people are very conscious about such things. The eggs I buy aren't in cartons either.

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