My business partner and I are avid fans of choosing good foods. I choose pasta as my carb source, he chooses potatoes.

The questions are: Is one of these 2 worse for your health then the other? Is one of these 2 better for your health then the other?

  • There's a lot of variables here, what sort of pasta do you eat? Does he load potatoes up? If you consider most pasta akin to white bread, here's an interesting read: Living on bread & water vs living on potatoes & milk: straightdope.com/columns/read/2828/… straightdope.com/columns/read/191/can-man-live-by-bread-alone
    – Patrick
    Mar 9, 2017 at 16:06
  • assume very healthy, were more considered with carbs and what the body does with it. is one a better source of something or worse for you somehow. Mar 9, 2017 at 16:41
  • For all products claiming something is "healthy" or good for your health, I'd like a definition of "healthy".
    – Jasper
    Mar 9, 2017 at 18:57

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Potatoes have are a great source of many minerals and a healthy option for a carbohydrate. They may raise your blood sugar rather quickly, but so will your typical pasta. If you eat the skin, that is a decent source of fiber, so that should slow the absorption of the carbs. Potatoes are actually significantly higher in potassium than bananas, go figure.
However, it is hard to say whether or not potatoes or pasta are going to be a benefit to your diet depending on the rest of your food intake. Assuming you are not overindulgent in calories or carbs, then I would suggest potatoes. But, variation is always a great idea, so maybe you can switch to pasta occasionally.

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