Nutrition

by alicem

THE HEALTHY BENEFITS OF POTATOES

The mighty spud packs a powerful punch when it comes to nutrition. Potatoes are an important food staple, available year round, with a number of health benefits. Potatoes are great sources of vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals that ward off disease and benefit human health.

They are a good source of potassium (more than bananas) providing carbohydrates and energy to fuel the mind and body throughout the day. As sources of calcium, and magnesium they have been found to naturally decrease blood pressure as well as maintain bone structure and strength.

Potatoes are also a source of Vitamin B6 which contributes to the formation of virtually all new cells in the body as well as brain cells. In addition, potatoes contain significant amounts of fibre, which helps lower the total amount of cholesterol in the blood, thereby decreasing the risk of heart disease.

Being a source of fibre they also contribute to regularity and maintaining a healthy digestive tract.

Dietary fibers are also important when it comes to weight management and weight-loss. They increase satiety and reduce appetite, making you feel fuller for longer and thereby lowering overall calorie intake. It is important to remember however that most of the fibre comes from the potato skins.

Vitamin C can also be found in potatoes. It is an essential nutrient as well as a powerful antioxidant that helps to protect cells against free radical damage. Vitamin C is also necessary for collagen production which is the skin’s support system that promotes elasticity, smoothes wrinkles and improves overall texture.

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