As I was cutting up an apple for my fruit salad I recalled a conversation I had with Cherie Ceberano a few decades ago now. Cherie was eating an apple. The whole apple, even the core. When I remarked on this she said, “That’s the best bit!” I was insufficiently curious at the time to ask why, but I have since learned the two healthiest parts of the apple are the skin and the seeds. The irony struck me next. What two parts do we cut off for the kids? the skin and the core! Then I thought of it as a good benchmark. The very healthy eat the flesh, skin and seeds. The next healthy eat the flesh and skin. Then there are those who don’t eat fruit at all!

The goods and Bads of Potatoes

There’s a lot more worthwhile information in the article but the bottom line is this.

Colorful potatoes, such as purple potatoes and sweet potatoes, have the most nutrients. And if the Okinawans are any indication, they can make a considerable contribution to your long-term health.

However, if you are diabetic or struggling with weight issues, you may want to limit your intake of white or russet potatoes. For most people, whole potatoes (especially sweet potatoes) can make a valuable and affordable contribution to a healthy, balanced diet. But no matter how you eat them, it’s best to avoid them fried, processed, or covered in unhealthy toppings.