May 10, 2012 – 224 Days Until Baktun 12

Survivalist Tip: I want to get back to relatively normal foods now by mentioning potatoes and suggest you should include them in your cache of culinary supplies.  Potatoes are indigenous to the Americas.  There are about 5,000 varieties of potato worldwide; some 3,000 found in the Andes region alone.  Europeans didn’t know what to think when they first saw them; considering the edible portion is what grows underground.  But, they found them especially attractive when they began starving.  Potatoes are the number one food crop in the world and are one of the most versatile, as they can be cooked almost any way.

They are also among the most nutritious.  One potato has about 173 grams of nutrients, such as Vitamin B6, Vitamin C and potassium.  They are high in fiber and low in calories.  Unfortunately, most people in the U.S. consume potatoes in the form of greasy fries or potato chips; even baked potatoes are usually loaded down with a variety of dairy products.  Because of their high-carbohydrate and white starch content, potatoes often are removed from the diets of weight-conscious people.  But, as you struggle to survive at the onset of the apocalypse, you’ll find more important things to think about than your weight.  Potatoes also keep for a long time, so you won’t have to worry about spoilage.  And, since they come from the dirt of Mother Earth, consuming them without many additives will show the Mayan deities you’re worth saving.

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