Potatoes are a much maligned food. Such is the bad reputation that we often sort them out from our plates and recipes. Weighed down as unhealthy because they spike your blood sugar and cause a crash that makes you hungry again shortly after eating, potatoes aren’t inherently bad.
They are much more than just densely packed carbohydrates. Packing some real health perks they contain good amounts of fibers, potassium and vitamins like B complex and C. Here are some reasons why you should give them a place on your healthy diet plate:
- Potatoes contain zero gram of fat.
- Potatoes are also nutritious, readily available, versatile, inexpensive, and go well with lots of different recipes.
- Potatoes have a very high satiety factor. Experiments have shown that people feel incredibly satisfied when they eat potatoes.
- Potatoes are loaded with potassium. One average sized tuber contains 1600 milligrams of potassium, which is half the recommended daily intake of the mineral.
- Potatoes reduce the risk of most gastrointestinal problems with their high fiber content. One spud contains 3-7 grams of dietary fiber. It has also been shown to reduce heart attacks and lower blood cholesterol levels
- Potatoes give a good supply of phytonutrients to our body . Phytonutrients are the organic components of plants that promote healthy functioning of body organs. Phytonutrients in potatoes include carotenoids, flavonoids and caffeic acid.
- The ORAC value (a measure of the total antioxidants in 100 grams) for a medium boiled potato with skin is a healthy 1,680.
- The B6 vitamins in potatoes are critical to maintaining neurological health.
- Potatoes are stuffed with other nutrients like vitamin C and manganese. A hearty dose of these nutrients reduce inflammatory diseases like arthiritis and skin infections.
Potatoes are one of the first foods that someone on a diet learns to avoid, by well-meaning friends, relative, doctors, and internet. And unfortunately,most people eat potatoes in the form of greasy french fries, potato chips or pan-fried spicy recipes. But take away the extra fat and deep frying, and a baked potato is an exceptionally healthy food.