Potato… one of the most widely cooked vegetable around the world is also one of the favorite vegetable of America. It is not just that potatoes are easy to cook and can be combined with any vegetable that makes potatoes famous, but the nutrients it contain are commendable.
When you pick up a potato you’re holding an amazingly nutrient dense food! One medium-size potato has just 110 calories and is absolutely fat, sodium and cholesterol free, making them downright undeniable for any diet. The power of the potato doesn’t stop there. It is also one of the richest sources of potassium. It also contains Vitamin C, B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B3, B6 (pyridoxine), fiber, iron, magnesium, zinc, complex carbohydrates in the form of starch and also contain an assortment of phytochemicals, such as carotenoids and polyphenols.
Because of the presence of all these nutrients many nutritionists recommend potatoes as the perfect base for a balanced diet. Because potatoes are packed full of nutrients for your brain and body, they can make you look, feel and even think great!
Coming to the health benefits that this simple vegetable potato has to offer to you:
- Healthy Stomach:
Since potatoes contain carbohydrates, so they are easy to digest and also facilitate digestion. Hence it is a good diet for babies or for those who cannot digest hard food, but need energy. Potatoes also contain a considerable amount of fiber which stimulates peristaltic motion and increased secretion of gastric juices, which eases digestion and prevents conditions like constipation and maintains a healthy stomach.
- Protects Kidney:
People with kidney failure are advised to eat little protein, which must also be of high quality. Because of their high-grade protein, potatoes are good for kidney patients. Potatoes are excellent for urinary tract infection as well, because they alkalize the mucous membranes to force bacteria to be passed out in the urine.
Potatoes are excellent sources of both iron and folic acid, which are essential for the production of red blood cells. For this reason potatoes can be used as a natural aid in the prevention or treatment of different forms of anemia, which is mainly caused because of the deficiency of iron in body.
- Keeps up the enzyme activity:
As mentioned above potatoes are good sources of Vitamin B6. And Vitamin B6 is essential for more than 100 enzymic reactions that take place in our body. The roles of these enzymic reactions are as simple as breaking down of food into energy, creating red blood cells, supplying oxygen from blood to other parts to as complex as releasing certain chemicals in our nervous system, digestive system and kidneys. Hence potatoes indirectly affect the functioning of whole body.
Those with diabetes are advised to have a steady supply of complex carbohydrates, but not in excessive quantities to avoid creating too much sugar in the blood. And overweight is also a problem for diabetic patient. Potato being a source of complex carbohydrates and fiber is best option for diabetic patient to maintain blood sugar level and also lose weight without any side effect.
- Weight loss:
It’s a myth that potatoes are fattening. It is the oil that is applied over them while cooking or while frying that causes weight gain. Raw and cooked potatoes without oil or butter are an excellent regimen for those who want to lose weight because of the low calorie and high quality protein content present in them. Further, vitamin B and vitamin C helps in proper digestion of carbohydrate present in body.
- Muscle Health:
Carbohydrates are an important part of a post-exercise recovery meal as glycolysis takes place afterwards. Glycolysis is the breakdown of carbohydrates and it’s important that enough carbohydrates are consumed to fuel glycolysis during and after activity. The carbohydrates from safe starches such as potatoes can rapidly replenish liver glycogen stores. The potassium present in potatoes is also vital for helping muscles contract.
- Control Blood Pressure:
Maintaining a low sodium intake is essential for lowering blood pressure, and increasing potassium intake is also just as important because of its vasodilation effects. In addition, potassium, calcium and magnesium (all present in the potato) have been found naturally to decrease blood pressure. Thus, potato rich diet is must for those who have blood pressure problem.
- Heart health:
Potatoes give your heart plenty of reasons to swoon, due to the fiber content. Fiber in potatoes is associated with clearing cholesterol from blood vessels; vitamins C and B6 help reduce free radicals; and carotenoids help maintain proper heart functioning. Additionally, B6 plays a crucial role in decreasing the chances of heart strokes and heart attacks.
Collagen, the skin’s support system, relies on vitamin C as an essential nutrient that works in our bodies as an antioxidant to help prevent damage caused by the sun, pollution and smoke. And potatoes, being one of the richest sources of vitamin C help collagen work out properly. It is also found that eating potatoes smooth wrinkles and improve overall skin texture.
Arthritis is an inflammatory condition. The high mineral and organic salt content in potato makes it one of the best anti-inflammatory foods. Slice a potato together with the skin and soak in a glass of distilled water. Drink in the morning before meal.
Withstanding all these benefits, potatoes are considered to be one of the healthiest vegetable for humans. You must be wondering after reading to all these benefits potato is giving you from generations. So, now you need not worry before you open a packet of potato chips or eat fried potatoes while watching a movie or during snacks.
Keep eating potatoes and keep commenting.
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