5 Health Benefits of Potatoes.

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Facts About Potatoes.

The humble potato is the 4th most important crop in the world. China is the world’s largest producer.

There are 4,000 different types of them.

Despite each potato containing about 80% of water, it is a fantastic source of important nutrients.

The potato originated in Peru, where it was first domesticated between 3000 and 2000 BCE. The Incas believed that if you carry one with you, it could prevent rheumatism and soothe a toothache. They also used raw potatoes for healing broken bones, easing frostbite and helping to clear up blemishes on the skin.

Did you know that potatoes are related to tobacco? Along with tomatoes, they all belong to the Solanaceae family.

Image from WordPress. I rarely see anyone smoking a pipe, these days.

The Spanish were the first people to introduce potatoes in Europe.

They are among the most environmentally friendly vegetables to grow because they don’t need large amounts of fertiliser and chemical additives.

Some believe that potatoes ease aches by rubbing the sore area with the water from a batch of boiled potatoes.

When you notice your potatoes are a bit green, this could be a sign of a toxic plant compound called, ‘solanine’. Symptoms of solanine poisoning include:

  • Nausea & vomiting
  • Diarrhoea
  • Sweating
  • Headaches
  • Stomach pain
  • Paralysis
  • Hallucinations
  • Coma
  • Death!

Err… basically chop off any green bits of potatoes or throw them away!

5 Health Benefits of Potatoes.

Potatoes may help with:-

1. Promoting your bone health. The content of iron, phosphorous, calcium, magnesium and zinc, could help your body to build and maintain bone structure and strength.

2. Maintaining your blood pressure because of the significant amounts of fibre helping to lower cholesterol in your body.

3. Fighting cancer because of the folate content. Folate prevents many types of cancer cells from forming due to mutations in your DNA.

4. Relieving constipation.

5. Improving your blood sugar control. Potatoes contain “resistant starch” which is not broken down and fully absorbed by your body. When it reaches your large intestine, it becomes a source of nutrients for the beneficial bacteria in your guts.

Research has linked resistant starch to the reduction of insulin resistance, which, in turn, improves blood sugar control. You can increase the resistant starch content of potatoes by, storing boiled potatoes in the fridge overnight and eating them cold the next day.

The healthiest way to eat potatoes is with their skins on; that is where most of the nutrients are found.

There’s nothing better than a baked potato, in my opinion, served with a salad and any topping. I also love them roasted.

I love chips and recently, instead of buying frozen chips (lazy, naughty me!) I started to peel and chip them and then I toss them in a bowl with olive oil and smoked paprika. I then roast them in my oven. Delicious! 😋

What about you; how do you like your potatoes? Feel free to share in the comments below.

Thank you for reading.

Rachel x

Sources: kickassfacts.com, justfunfacts.com, mobile-cuisine.com, foodrepublic.com, healthline.com, medicalnewstoday.com, livescience.com, organicfacts.net, thefactsite.com

4 thoughts on “5 Health Benefits of Potatoes.

  1. I love potatoes. I’m partial to creamy, whipped mashed potatoes but I also love to make potato wedges by tossing potatoes in a little grapeseed oil and arrowroot powder and roasting them in the oven. A much healthier alternative to fries (chips).

  2. I like potatoes, but I didn’t know they had so many health benefits! It’s good to know that they’re beneficial for bones, blood pressure and blood sugar.

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