How Do Mashed Potatoes Affect Your Blood Sugar Levels?

In much of the English-speaking world, mashed potatoes are a favorite comfort food. An accompaniment to meat dishes at family gatherings, they have become associated with love and belonging, and it’s not without reason that they get gobbled down by soldiers and travelers away from home. But if you have type 2 diabetes, mashed potatoes can wreak havoc on your blood sugar control.

The first thing to know about this style of cooked potatoes is that all potatoes are not equal when it comes to their effects on blood sugars. Instant mashed potatoes, for instance, have a glycemic index of 110. They actually release glucose into your bloodstream faster than table sugar, which has a glycemic index of 100. The type 2 diabetic pancreas can hardly keep up with the load of glucose released by two, three, or more servings of instant mashed potatoes.

Peeling Red Russet potatoes, steaming them, and them mashing them, however, results in a mashed potato that has a glycemic index of 86. And serving…

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