Health Properties Of Potatoes

Health Properties Of Potatoes

Last update: 29 April, 2015

Potatoes are the fourth most cultivated food after rice, wheat and corn. It is a basic part of many dishes. Potatoes are delicious, easy to cook and nutritious. This article will investigate their health benefits.

They aid weight loss

If you are trying to lose weight, potatoes can help. They are carbohydrates and complex nutrients. A properly cooked potato with only 26 calories is ideal to include in your diet. This food has a low glycemic index, helping you to feel full for longer.

They eliminate stress

Potatoes are rich in vitamin B6, ideal for cellular renovation, a healthy nervous system and balanced mood. 100 grams of oven baked potatoes has 21 percent of a recommended daily intake of  B6 vitamin. Potatoes also produce a hormone called GABA which can reduce stress.

They reduce inflammation

If you suffer from inflammation then consuming potatoes may help. Potatoes are easily digestible which help to avoid irritation. For external inflammation, rub a raw potato on the affected area.

They improve brain functioning

Eating potatoes helps to improve brain functioning. The high amounts of copper and iron fuel activity in the brain. A baked potato with the skin on contains magnesium, potassium and vitamins B6 and C, which help brain function.

They help keep the intestine healthy

The potato is a food rich in fibre and best to use in moderation. One oven baked potato provides almost 12 percent of the daily recommended amount of fibre, similar to pasta, wholegrains and cereals.

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To get the best out of the humble potato, it is best to eat them cooked or oven baked and also eat their skin as it contains fibre, flavonoids and other nutrients. Avoid eating potatoes cooked in fat or oil as these fats can block your arteries and these foods contain unhealthy calories.

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