Saturday, February 14, 2015

Perks of Potatoes

The humble potato: so fluffy, so delicious, and yet so misunderstood.  When it comes to health food, potatoes tend to have a bad reputation and therefore, are avoided by many people.  This is due to the fact that potatoes are often served today either drenched in some kind of sauce, loaded with cheese, battered, or of course, fried.  When potatoes are served this way, they are obviously not a health food and should be consumed sparingly.  Another reason potatoes are avoided is due to their white color.  If a food is white, people tend to think that it contains little, if any, nutrients.

The truth is, most people don’t know how good potatoes actually are for you.  Good ol’ plain, unaltered potatoes are naturally free of cholesterol and fat.  They’re also a good source of Vitamin B6, which is important for carbohydrate and protein metabolism, and dietary fiber, which helps reduce the risk for many diseases and provides the feeling of fullness.  Potatoes are also high in Vitamin C, an important antioxidant, and potassium.  In fact, one potato contains more potassium than a banana!  Research indicates that a diet that is high in potassium and low in sodium may help to reduce the risk of hypertension, stroke, and help to lower blood pressure.

The next time you’re eating a potato, acknowledge the fact that you are fueling your body with something that is delicious but also super good for you.

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