You heard that right. We now have to worry about vegetables that are bad for you.
What began this outrage was the news that potatoes are vegetables. Due to their high potassium content, potatoes have recently been included as vegetables by the government’s healthy meals program. But don’t rejoice just yet.
According to a Harvard study published in the British Medical Journal, eating potatoes four or more times a week may raise your blood pressure. Interestingly enough, the study didn’t say the same for potato chips. (We don’t get it either.)
What we do get is that potatoes have a high glycemic index, meaning spuds can trigger a sharp rise in blood sugar. The study didn’t prove that potatoes cause high blood pressure; rather they’re associated with an increased risk. Researchers suggest replacing one serving per day of potatoes with a non-starchy vegetable.
When in doubt, remember the words of Michael Pollan, “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” (But not mostly potatoes)
Fun for the Adults
Friday from 6:30 to 10 p.m., join other curious foodies at ¡Explora!’s Adult night. The theme for this event is the “Science of Food,” complete with hands-on experiments. All main hall exhibits will be available for exploration as well. Additionally, there will be live music, night sky viewing with astronomers from The Albuquerque Astronomy Society, and Ham radio demos with High Desert Amateur Radio Club Members. This 18-and-over event is $8, with discounts for seniors, military ID holders, and students. This event is free for ¡Explora! members.
Take the time to revisit Old Town for its Summertime Stroll. Presented by the City of Albuquerque, there will be a rock wall for kids to climb and loads of shopping, food trucks, and live entertainment in the Gazebo. Old Town has great gift options and treats anyone will enjoy from handmade jewelry, art, souvenirs, salsa, and of course, great restaurants to take a break and eat. This free event will last from noon to 5 p.m.
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday inside the Manuel Lujan Jr. Exhibit Complex at Expo New Mexico, the Albuquerque Quilt, Craft, and Sewing Festival will feature the latest and greatest in the sewing and crafting world. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., explore and try out supplies, tools, and techniques to improve any project. This event is $10, with discounts available for seniors, and children 12 and under are free.
What are you eating this weekend? (Not too many spuds, we hope)