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Baked potato or sandwich?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 06, 2011 at 1:53 PM

I didn't prepare lunch today which is normally two chicken breasts, broccoli and half an avocado. So today I had to grab something at the local sandwich shop. I opted for a brown bread sandwich with chicken breast and salad. I did though have the option for a baked potato. Have I failed here, and in terms of the overall picture is a single large baked potato much better than two slices of brown bread?

98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

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on December 06, 2011
at 07:57 PM

LOL! We all fail. Good for you for keeping a sense of humor about it.

Cf32992bfa1907147c7cdc451bba9c63

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on December 06, 2011
at 06:35 PM

Upvoted for sanity.

Ca2c940a1947e6200883908592956680

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on December 06, 2011
at 04:03 PM

Wow, OK noted. Thanks.

956bcad1d462d433a4e1e22f6e3355d5

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on December 06, 2011
at 03:35 PM

@Mash, cruel indeed. Wild ducks can become 29 years old. Most (bread) poisoned ducks die after 1,5 years :(

Dfada6fe4982ab3b7557172f20632da8

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on December 06, 2011
at 02:52 PM

I really don't think that's true. 50% meat would mean I'm not going to struggle for protein or fat, in fact I could have more. Bonus healthy oils and organs. So let's say 60% or 70%. Then I've still got 30% calories to spend on sufficient variety of vegetables to cover other micronutrients. Meat is a broad area with lots of nutrients otherwise hard to obtain. I wouldn't expect to do anywhere near as well eating 50% calories from one single food source, and potatoes aren't the one I'd try as it limits the additional carbs I can afford to balance things out veggie-wise.

E5c7f14800c5992831f5c70fa746dc5c

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on December 06, 2011
at 02:40 PM

You realize potatoes are loaded with nutrients? If you eat potatoes as 50% of your calories + whatever else you eat you will hit nutrition targets a lot easier than eating 50% meat....

Ca2c940a1947e6200883908592956680

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on December 06, 2011
at 02:33 PM

Funny I was actually tempted to ask the shop if they could buy some butter instead of margarine for the good of their customers. But I thought it would be a tricky conversation to have over a counter.

Ca2c940a1947e6200883908592956680

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on December 06, 2011
at 02:31 PM

And the results are in: UTTER FAIL. I better head home now and flog myself with a sirloin steak and a chapter of Gary Taubes.

Ca2c940a1947e6200883908592956680

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on December 06, 2011
at 02:23 PM

In some places you can ask for an open sandwich and thus only get one slice of bread to throw away. Maybe I should keep it for the ducks on the river, but perhaps that is being cruel.

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on December 06, 2011
at 02:23 PM

I agree. The potato is definitely the better option--especially if you can get real butter (and sour cream if you do dairy) to go with it. I'd have a salad with it, too, if possible.

F571bcba0e6196c3e53f599924eecab6

on December 06, 2011
at 02:23 PM

+1 for skipping lunch.

13a44ea00b0c9af0b6d0f3d5f5c2cfca

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on December 06, 2011
at 02:17 PM

I'm baffled by this downvote, too. I personally would choose the potato because it is a whole food, but this is absolutely a viable option. I am upvoting to offset.

Ca2c940a1947e6200883908592956680

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on December 06, 2011
at 02:14 PM

Haha yeah that and how engrained whole-grains are in my head!

072fd69647b0e765bb4b11532569f16d

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on December 06, 2011
at 02:13 PM

There's certainly nothing wrong with this answer. I don't understand the downvote. While there's nothing wrong with the potato (if you digest white fine), there's nothing wrong with tossing the bread and just eating the chicken. Oftentimes, I just tell them to keep the bread and ask for extra lettuce and tomatoe.

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Ef9f83cb4e1826261a44c173f733789e

on December 06, 2011
at 02:01 PM

Get the sandwich and toss the bread.

Ca2c940a1947e6200883908592956680

(8574)

on December 06, 2011
at 02:23 PM

In some places you can ask for an open sandwich and thus only get one slice of bread to throw away. Maybe I should keep it for the ducks on the river, but perhaps that is being cruel.

Ca2c940a1947e6200883908592956680

(8574)

on December 06, 2011
at 04:03 PM

Wow, OK noted. Thanks.

072fd69647b0e765bb4b11532569f16d

(3717)

on December 06, 2011
at 02:13 PM

There's certainly nothing wrong with this answer. I don't understand the downvote. While there's nothing wrong with the potato (if you digest white fine), there's nothing wrong with tossing the bread and just eating the chicken. Oftentimes, I just tell them to keep the bread and ask for extra lettuce and tomatoe.

13a44ea00b0c9af0b6d0f3d5f5c2cfca

(7223)

on December 06, 2011
at 02:17 PM

I'm baffled by this downvote, too. I personally would choose the potato because it is a whole food, but this is absolutely a viable option. I am upvoting to offset.

956bcad1d462d433a4e1e22f6e3355d5

(1191)

on December 06, 2011
at 03:35 PM

@Mash, cruel indeed. Wild ducks can become 29 years old. Most (bread) poisoned ducks die after 1,5 years :(

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F571bcba0e6196c3e53f599924eecab6

on December 06, 2011
at 01:56 PM

I'd personally go with the potato, because gluten totally messes me up.

Just because it's starchy doesn't mean it's bad for you.

Ca2c940a1947e6200883908592956680

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on December 06, 2011
at 02:33 PM

Funny I was actually tempted to ask the shop if they could buy some butter instead of margarine for the good of their customers. But I thought it would be a tricky conversation to have over a counter.

13a44ea00b0c9af0b6d0f3d5f5c2cfca

(7223)

on December 06, 2011
at 02:23 PM

I agree. The potato is definitely the better option--especially if you can get real butter (and sour cream if you do dairy) to go with it. I'd have a salad with it, too, if possible.

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Dfada6fe4982ab3b7557172f20632da8

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on December 06, 2011
at 02:12 PM

The bread has the gluten and all the other anti-nutrients that can mess you up, as well as arguably being little better than pure sugar in terms of spiking your blood sugar. Of course we don't know what you could have eaten with your potato, but really the only reason to avoid them is because if you eat them every day as 50% of your calories then you're going to struggle to fit enough nutrients into the rest of your 50%, you'll be running chronically on carbs and risking insulin-related problems and weight gain etc.

I'd go for the potato if I needed to, but more likely I'd happily burn through some of my own fat and enjoy the chicken, broccoli and avocado when I got home.

E5c7f14800c5992831f5c70fa746dc5c

(12857)

on December 06, 2011
at 02:40 PM

You realize potatoes are loaded with nutrients? If you eat potatoes as 50% of your calories + whatever else you eat you will hit nutrition targets a lot easier than eating 50% meat....

F571bcba0e6196c3e53f599924eecab6

on December 06, 2011
at 02:23 PM

+1 for skipping lunch.

Dfada6fe4982ab3b7557172f20632da8

(5332)

on December 06, 2011
at 02:52 PM

I really don't think that's true. 50% meat would mean I'm not going to struggle for protein or fat, in fact I could have more. Bonus healthy oils and organs. So let's say 60% or 70%. Then I've still got 30% calories to spend on sufficient variety of vegetables to cover other micronutrients. Meat is a broad area with lots of nutrients otherwise hard to obtain. I wouldn't expect to do anywhere near as well eating 50% calories from one single food source, and potatoes aren't the one I'd try as it limits the additional carbs I can afford to balance things out veggie-wise.

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E5c7f14800c5992831f5c70fa746dc5c

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on December 06, 2011
at 02:01 PM

The sandwich is garbage, the potato is healthy. You definitely failed on this one, its not your fault though blame the low carb dogmatist.

Ca2c940a1947e6200883908592956680

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on December 06, 2011
at 02:14 PM

Haha yeah that and how engrained whole-grains are in my head!

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32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on December 06, 2011
at 06:16 PM

The fact that you went with the sandwich indicates to me that you are gluten-tolerant to a good degree. Welcome to the club! A better option would be a baked potato, but bread isn't that bad, if you are mostly ok with gluten.

Wheat and gluten have gotten a bad rap. Neither are poison that some would make them out to be. Rather wheat-derived foods are low in nutrition and we've learned that gluten causes health issues for more than just celiacs. But then again, we don't have maximize every bite in terms of nutrients and many of us can tolerate gluten to some degree.

I'm prepared to be downvoted to questioning the almighty paleo dogma.

Cf32992bfa1907147c7cdc451bba9c63

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on December 06, 2011
at 06:35 PM

Upvoted for sanity.

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F44b15b2fd1ad134200793d6b474fc4c

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on December 06, 2011
at 04:01 PM

Most places will wrap your sandwich in lettuce instead of bread it you ask them.

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on December 06, 2011
at 07:06 PM

If the food is pre-made I would have put the chicken breast from the sandwich on the salad and tossed the bread. Otherwise I would have asked them to put the chicken on a salad directly.

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on December 06, 2011
at 06:30 PM

get a baked potato and eat it with sandwich fillings.

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7d64d3988de1b0e493aacf37843c5596

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on December 06, 2011
at 02:27 PM

In general I think the potato would have been better than the bread. Though if I could afford it, I would have had the potato and the chicken breast. There is a barbecue place near me that has the option of loading smoked brisket on top of your baked potato.

If you are not sensitive to gluten or whatever then it probably doesn’t hurt to have bread occasionally, but I generally consider it a treat when I do have bread and try to select accordingly – two pieces of “brown bread” doesn’t sound that treat-worthy.

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