HEALTH BENEFITS OF POTATOES
They are an underground tuber that grows on the roots and a staple food in many households.
Potatoes are an excellent source of many vitamins such as C, B6, and minerals such as Potassium, Manganese, Phosphorus, Niacin and Folate. It also has high calories of 161, protein of 4.3 grams, fat of 0.2 grams, Carbs of 36.6 grams and fiber of 3.8 grams.
Potatoes are a good source of antioxidants, which may reduce the risk of chronic diseases like heart disease, diabetes and certain cancers.
Potatoes contain resistant starch, which may help reduce insulin resistance. In turn, this can help improve blood sugar control.
Resistant starch in potatoes is a source of nutrition for beneficial gut bacteria. They convert it to the short-chain fatty acid butyrate, which has been linked to reduced inflammation in the colon, improved colon defenses and a lower risk of colorectal cancer.
Potatoes are naturally gluten-free, which makes them an excellent food choice for people with celiac disease or a non-celiac gluten sensitivity. However, people with celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity can experience severe discomfort when consuming foods that contain gluten. Symptoms include sharp stomach pain, diarrhea, constipation, bloating and skin rashes, just to name a few.
Studies have shown that potatoes are among the most filling foods. They may increase the levels of fullness hormones, such as cholecystokinin (CCK) which check appetite.
Potatoes are delicious, versatile and easy to add to your diet. Try boiling, baking or steaming them and consuming them with the skin intact. Make sure not to remove the skin of the potatoes, as most of the nutrients are located there. This will ensure you receive the maximum amount of nutrients from the potato.