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Benefits of Potatoes


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Family: Solanaceae
Genus: Solanum
Species: S. tuberosum

A potato is a type of vegetable. It contains a lot of carbohydrates and starch. It is a small plant with large leaves. The part of the potato that people eat is a tuber that grows under the ground. It usually has a brown skin and is white or yellow inside. Potatoes are very healthy low calorie and high fiber foods that offer significant protection against several disease and keep body healthy.

  • Potatoes are great source of carbohydrates and less protein. This makes it an ideal diet for those who are thin and want to increase body weight.
  • Potatoes are rich in carbohydrates, calcium, niacin and Vitamins C and B complex. These properties help fight heart disease and keep blood pressure at normal levels.
  • Potatoes also contain carotenoids, key to heart health and overall health and wellness.
  • The vitamins contained in potatoes like vitamin C and B complex are also essential for proper absorption of this carbohydrate.
  • The fiber in potatoes, they are soft and easily digested and facilitate digestion. This makes them a good diet for patients, babies and those who difficult to digest but require energy.
  • Vitamin C, B complex and minerals like potassium, magnesium, phosphorus and zinc are good source for the skin care. Crushed raw potatoes, mixed with honey, can also be applied as a poultice in clearing the wrinkles and other skin blemishes due to aging.
  • Proper brain function largely depend on oxygen supply, glucose level, magnesium, some members of the vitamin B complex and some hormones, such as amino acids and fatty acids like omega-3 fatty acids. Potatoes meet almost all the needs mentioned above. In addition, it contains certain other substances like zinc and phosphorus which are good for brain too.
  • Nutrient contained in potatoes like vitamin C, vitamin B and potasium are good source to relieve inflammation, both internal and external such as inflammation of intestines and the digestive system. It is a good diet for mouth ulcers.
  • Some nutrient like vitamins, calcium and magnesium in potatoes can help reduce rheumatism.

Potatoes are also good for energy recovery when diarrhea and other illnesses. But many people eat potatoes in the form of oily french fries or potato chips and even baked potatoes which are usually mixed with fats such as cheese, butter, bacon bits and sour cream that make potatoes a potential contributor to heart attack.