Health Benefits 101: POTATOES

 

Potatoes have been a staple food in many households. One of the min reasons why they are also considered as a cult favorite is because of its versatility. They can be thought of as a comfort food — richly mashed with butter and sour cream or crisply fried in vegetable oil (which I do not personally advise because you know – it’s unhealthy!), or can be mixed on to many dishes for a variety of flavors.

Whether mashed, baked or roasted, people often consider potatoes as their food-to-go. As they are available year-round since they are harvested somewhere every month of the year. According to whfoods.org, the potato belongs to the Solanaceae or nightshade family whose other members include tomatoes, eggplants, peppers, and tomatillos. They are the swollen portion of the underground stem which is called a tuber and is designed to provide food for the green leafy portion of the plant. If allowed to flower and fruit, the potato plant will bear an inedible fruit resembling a tomato.

Did You Know?

  • Potatoes provide the carbohydrate, potassium and energy you need to perform at your best as they are more energy-packed than any other popular vegetable and have even more potassium than a banana.
  • Potatoes are the No. 1 vegetable crop in the United States and the fourth most consumed crop in the world, behind rice, wheat and corn, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Health Benefits 

EASY TO DIGEST

Potatoes contain carbohydrates, that’s why they are easy to digest and they also facilitate digestion.  Also, the fiber content in potatoes helps prevent constipation and promote regularity for a healthy digestive tract.

LOWERS BLOOD PRESSURE

The fiber present in potatoes are helpful in lowering cholesterol. Additionally, the potassium found in potatoes (46% of daily requirement per serving) lowers blood pressure since it functions as a vasodilator.

STRENGTHENS IMMUNITY

Potatoes are full of Vitamin C, which prevents everything from scurvy to the common cold.

MAINTAINS BONE STRUCTURE AND STRENGTH

Iron and zinc play crucial roles in the production and maturation of collagen. While phosphorus and calcium are both important in bone structure. And the best thing is all of these are present in potatoes!

ENHANCES METABOLISM

Potatoes are a good source of vitamin B6. Vitamin B6 does a huge part in energy metabolism, by breaking down carbohydrates and proteins into glucose and amino acids. These smaller compounds are more simply utilized for energy within the body.

SKIN CARE REMEDY

Vitamins C and B-complex, as well as minerals like potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, and zinc, are good for the skin. Aside from that, the flesh obtained from crushed raw potatoes, when mixed with honey, can work well in skin and face packs. This even helps cure pimples and spots on the skin. Actually, cracked potatoes and even water in which they have been washed are very good for softening rough skin, especially around the elbows.

ADDITIONAL FACTS

Potatoes are one of the most common and important food sources on the planet, and they contain a prosperous of health benefits that make them all the more essential as a staple dietary item for much of the people from all around the world. In addition to this, potatoes are stuffed with phytonutrients, which are organic components of plants that are thought to promote health, according to the USDA. Phytonutrients in potatoes include carotenoids, flavonoids and caffeic acid.

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