Why Broke College Kids Should Eat Potatoes Instead Of Ramen

TLDR: Potatoes are cheaper than Ramen, have more nutritional value, and will keep you full longer.

College students and those recent graduates struggling with rent, bills and student loans typically don’t have the extra money to spare and when it comes to what they put in their bodies, usually it’s what’s easy to make, cheap and delicious (most of the time!). When it comes to what’s found in their cabinets you’ll most likely find cheetos and chips, oreos and sweets and their dinner typically consist of the ever delicious but quite unhealthy, Ramen noodles.

These noodles lack protein, fiber and even essential vitamins and nutrients that your body needs to achieve good health. With a high sodium content and msg, eating a bowl of Ramen you’re putting yourself at risk for stomach cancer and heart disease. Swapping out your favorite noodles for potatoes will not only save you a few bucks, but it’ll also benefit your health.

Potatoes will provide you with many benefits including…

  1. Gluten Free. Whether you’re suffering from Celiac Disease, gluten intolerant or simply cutting out gluten for health reasons, eating these vitamin rich potatoes are a gluten free option.
  2. Reduces Inflammation. Eating potatoes especially those purple or yellow ones, you’re providing your body with carotenoids and antioxidants and with their high levels will help prevent cell damage and reduce inflammation. 
  3. High Fiber. Baking a potato in its skin will give you a high amount of fiber that provides you with  around 4.0 – 6.3 grams of fiber. But when adding unhealthy toppings, you’ll be providing yourself the total opposite effect.
  4. Loaded With Vitamins. This low calorie food contains several vitamins and nutrients including niacin, vitamins B6 and C as well as potassium and magnesium. 
  5. Helps Treat Constipation. When you’re dealing with problematic constipation which is caused by several issues including poor eating habits that most college students are guilty of, eating potatoes will leave you having to ‘go’ as they’re packed with high amounts of fiber. 
  6. Good For Your Skin. You want great skin? Start eating foods that are great for the health of your skin. Potatoes are not only tasty, they also contain enzymes that help in reducing dark spots and hyperpigmentation and leaves you with a brighter looking glow.
  7. Fat Free. Although a fat free food, this starchy carbohydrate should be eaten with seasonings and veggies rather than bacon and extra cheese that of course taste good but ruins the low calorie, ‘fat free’ benefits.
  8. Packed With Blood Pressure. When eating potatoes you’re consuming a potassium rich food that when leaving the skin on taste delicious but will help regulate blood pressure. 
  9. Low Calorie. Not all potatoes are created the same. Although they are all low calorie, you’ll find that red potatoes have more vitamins and nutrients, more fiber and a lower amount of calories than consuming russet potatoes. 
  10. Provides Some Protein.  Although you may not think of a good protein when you think of potatoes, this starchy food has a good amount of protein when eaten with the skin. Eating a potato with skin provides you with approximately 4 grams of protein. 

Buying a 5 pound bag of russet potatoes for instance will cost you around $3 and with a 6 oz serving, you’re able to feed up to 10 people providing them with various vitamins and vitamins and leaving you with something extra in your wallet. With so many simple and easy ways to cook potatoes you can turn dinner time to a hearty and rich dining experience.