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  1. The potato has always been at the receiving end of hatred in the dietary world. The first piece of non-factual advice that comes from your peers, relatives or family members when you are trying to lose weight is "stop eating potatoes". The potato is blamed for so many reasons with some even going to lengths to make ridiculous claims like "you are what you eat". "If you eat potatoes, you will become round like one." © Getty Images Is this potato bashing even justified? Personally, I do not think so. Here's why the potato bashing is unjustified and why should you hop on the #savethepotato train with me: 1. Potatoes Are Low In Calories Potatoes are actually one of the low-calorie food options you could add to your diet. In terms of calories per 100 grams, potatoes are only 77 calories. And funnily enough, it has more potassium than a banana. Though not a fair comparison and not even that much of a difference, as bananas per 100 grams have 90 kcals. 2. It Is You Who Makes Potato A High-Calorie Food Like I told, the potato isn't a high-calorie food itself. But this can changes drastically when the preparation method comes into the picture. Now think about the ways that you consume potatoes, it is in some form of deep-fried food items like french fries, potato wedges, cheesy fries and so on. © Getty Images Let's again compare the calories of all these variants: Potatoes - 75 kcals per 100 grams French fries - 345 kcals per 100 grams Potato wedges - 320 kcals per 100 grams Cheesy fries - 380 kcals per 100 grams So, it is not the potato to blame but you who deep fries them before eating. 3. Potato Is Very Satiating In a study done by Holt et. al. in 1995, they took 38 carbohydrate-rich foods like fruits, bakery products, snack foods, breakfast cereals etc. and fed it to the subjects. The aim was to understand the effect of these foods on the satiety of the individual with white bread being the standard, thus 100 per cent. At the end of the study, they found out that the potato had the highest satiety index of 323% and the lowest was that of a croissant with a satiety score of 47%. This study was done comparing the foods in isolation which is not how we truly eat but this study makes a good enough claim that why the potato should be your go-to choice when dieting on lower calories. © Getty Images 4. It Beats Rice When It Comes To Dieting Thanks to some good amount of awareness being spread in the fitness industry, people have stopped demonizing rice finally. Now when we compare rice with potato, let's see who ends up winning. Let's say you have a portion of 50 grams of rice in a meal. That comes to approx. 180 kcals with the primary constituent being carbohydrates. For the same 180 kcals, you could consume 250 grams of potatoes and again, it is a source of carbohydrates. Long story short, you will get more food to eat for the same amount of calories and be fuller and more satisfied. Moral of the story: Stop bashing the potato! Author Bio: Pratik Thakkar is the co-founder and director of GetSetGo Fitness, an online fitness company and the founder of Mars Nutrition, a nutrition supplement company. Both his companies are geared towards providing you with the right information and products without any false or fake claims. You can reach out to him at pratik@getsetgo.fitness and follow him on Instagram.
  2. In an attempt to show solidarity towards Huawei, companies in China are reportedly attempting to encourage employees to buy products from the Chinese giant. A Chinese textile company has released a notice banning staff who use iPhones from possible promotions and providing subsidies to those who buy Huawei devices. Several organisations and business groups in the country have issued notices urging staff members to show their support for the Chinese telecommunications giant by boycotting iPhones. © Reuters One company in Shenzhen, where Huawei is based, has even said that it will punish employees for buying iPhones. Menpad, which makes LCD displays and is one of Huawei's many suppliers, wrote in a statement on its website that “if employees buy an iPhone for themselves, the company will impose a 100 percent penalty on the basis of the phone's market price.” "So far, all members of the management team have changed their smartphones to Huawei models to show support for homegrown brands," a manager of Zhejiang Kangjiesi New Material Technology Co, based in Zhuji, East China's Zhejiang Province, surnamed Liu told the Global Times on Tuesday. © Reuters According to 9to5Mac, A Henan Province Brewer is offering free alcohol in the amount of 30 percent of the Huawei device sale price to both employees and customers who present a receipt. Xinjiang Nor-West Star Information Technology said in a statement they will only support Huawei, saying that it 'actively backs the calls to support Huawei and protect national brands with real action'. © Reuters Huawei's CFO Meng Wanzhou was arrested in Vancouver on December 1 on behalf of the U.S Government under claims the company violated U.S. sanctions against Iran. China and U.S.A are currently in the middle of a trade war after the Trump Administration threatened to apply tariffs on US$ 200 billion of goods imported from China. The U.S has accused Huawei of using a Hong Kong shell company to sell equipment to Iran in violation of US sanctions. It also says Meng and the tech company misled banks about its business dealings in Iran. © Reuters A Chinese court also recently ruled that Apple infringed on patents by Qualcomm, and moved to block sales of some models of the company's smartphone. Apple said it is appealing the ruling.