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Do mashed potatoes count as vegetables

Simple mashed potatoes

Simple mashed potatoes

My mom says that they don't but I say they do, so do they?


Answer:

Hi, Do mashed potatoes count as vegetables? What an interesting question. I'm wondering if you are asking about those "instant" mashed potatoes that you can cook in 10 minutes. In my opinion, those don't count as vegetables at all. That's because those instant mashed potatoes are very high in sodium and sometimes they have other ingredients, making the dish not as healthy as it is supposed to be.

Potatoes are vegetables. And mashed potatoes can count as vegetables as long as they are homemade. I'm sure your mom told you that they don't count as vegetables because she probably thinks that mashed potatoes are not a healthy dish. But that depends if you add other ingredients to your mashed potatoes. For example, if you eat them mashed with lots of butter, bacon, cheese, etc., those ingredients will make mashed potatoes tastier but not healthier.



However, there are other ways to eat mashed potatoes. Sometimes instead of butter or milk, I like to add extra virgin olive oil, and instead of bacon or cheese, I like to add some sauteed mushrooms to add some flavor.

I know, I'm sure that many people think that there is no way to eat mashed potatoes without butter and some milk because they will not taste the same way but from time to time it's good to give it a try and add some other vegetables.

So about your question, of course mashed potatoes can count as vegetables as long as they are "home made". That way your mom and you can be sure that no other "bad" ingredient is added. And of course, homemade mashed potatoes taste so much better than the instant ones!

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