The Health and Nutritional Benefits of Potatoes

In most developed countries, potatoes are among the most important staple crops. However, many people in those nations think of potatoes as simply something that are tasty and filling. Potatoes are a lot more than just comfort foods, though. The following information is regarding the potato tuber. All other parts of the potato, including the stems, leaves and flowers are inedible. This is understandable since this plant, which originated in Central America, is a member of the deadly nightshade family. Potatoes for dieters Potatoes are well suited for helping people lose weight. A medium sized potato (about a third of a pound) has no fat, no cholesterol and no sodium, yet it only has 110 calories. That is with the potato skins included. About a fifth of the nutrition of a potato comes from the skin. Potatoes for vitamins and minerals According to the self nutrition data website, 2 cups of baked potato (about 2/3 pounds) contains almost 100 percent of the vitamins C and B6 that an average adult requires each day. Potatoes are also very good sources of Niacin, Thiamin, Folate and Pantothenic Acid. Potatoes are also packed with minerals. They are high in iron, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, copper, zinc and potassium. In fact, potatoes contain more potassium than spinach, bananas or broccoli. Additionally, potatoes are high in fiber, so they help the digestive system. This vegetable may even help fight cancer or prevent it. This is in part because of the amount of fiber found in potatoes Continue Reading →

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