The no-carb craze made spuds out to be dietary villains, but these starches actually have appetite-slaying superpowers. They contain a special type of starch that resists digestive enzymes.

Because potatoes take a while to break down, they stay in your intestine longer, delaying the onset of hunger pangs, says Katherine Beals, Ph.D., R.D., a clinical associate professor of nutrition at the University of Utah. Have a baked potato with dinner (a medium spud is only about 100 calories) or better yet, try potato salad made with vinegar instead of fattening mayo; chilling cooked potatoes increases their hunger-busting abilities.

Of course, potatoes cooked in a vat of oil (think French fries and chips) are still bad for your bottom line.

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  1. Obelisk11:37pm Saturday 05th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Spuds are very valuable (due to their high alkalinity) to balance alkalinity vs acidity in the body. Most foods we consume are highly acidic. It is increasing acidity in the body tissues that leads to all sorts of degenerative diseases . I have always wondered about those experts who have s...canned potatoes because of their starch contents

  2. Aggie05:58pm Saturday 05th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    We don't have rice paddies idiot

  3. Jason01:56pm Saturday 05th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    You either have self-discipline, or you don't. Survival of the smartest. If you are hoping to depend on so-called "appetite-suppressants", you have already lost the battle.

  4. The Skud01:42pm Saturday 05th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    It never was the spud - it was the spoonsful of mayo and the piles of butter/cheese etc added to the baked spud that was the villian. Spuds have always been the good guys!

  5. Ln12:59pm Saturday 05th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    eat what you want next year they will be telling us of spud cancer

  6. Ghost Hunter10:26am Saturday 05th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Women should spend more time tasting their partners 'man meat'.

  7. wanderer09:28pm Monday 10th December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    eat rice and fish and WORK in the rice paddies ... no grog either