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Thought Bullets
May 2005

The Glycemic Index vs. Mom’s Homemade Chicken and Noodles

My mom makes the best homemade chicken and noodles.  There is simply no equal.  I remember when my nephew was little and grandma was making her famous dish, he insisted his mother get in the kitchen and watch, so my sister would be able to make the scrumptious meal after grandma’s departure.  We all laughed in hysterics at my nephew’s belief that the secret to superb cuisine was as simple as watching others cook.  I also remember my sister telling her young son that she had been watching grandma for years and could simply not replicate the special dish.  Mashed potatoes complimented my mom’s homemade chicken and noodles.  My definition of good food is anything that goes with mashed potatoes.  I simply love mashed potatoes.  You can imagine my dismay over the last few years as the glycemic index grabbed so much media attention and the poor potato received much negative press.  I kept telling myself the glycemic index was one important factor of food, but the pure joy I experienced over the years from eating and enjoying mashed potatoes and my mom’s homemade chicken and noodles had to count for something!  For this month’s thought bullets, I share with you some recent findings about the glycemic index and potatoes.  It seems the glycemic index is far more complex than the media headlines would have us believe. 

This article makes a strong argument for portion control with my mom’s homemade chicken and noodles on mashed potatoes.  Let’s plan for those leftovers!

Source:  Fernandes G, Velangi A, Wolever T.  Glycemic index of potatoes commonly consumed in North America.  Journal of the American Dietetic Association. 2005;105:557-562.


Compiled by Betty Holmes, MS, RD

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