Scientific Name – Solanum tuberosum
Amount Per 100 grams.
|Total Fat||0.1 g|
|Saturated fat||0 g|
|Polyunsaturated fat||0 g|
|Monounsaturated fat||0 g|
|Total Carbohydrate||17 g|
|Dietary fiber||2.2 g|
CAN HELP TO GET RID OF THE PAIN
Raw potato juice can help to get rid of the pain and discomfort caused by rheumatism. 2 teaspoons of raw potato juice should be taken just before meals.
HELPS TO LOWER BLOOD CHOLESTEROL
Potatoes contain significant amounts of dietary fiber, which can help to lower blood cholesterol.
POTATOES INHIBIT CANCER CELL GROWTH
Research has revealed that lectins like those present in potatoes inhibit cancer cell growth.
FOR HEALTHY NERVES
The B vitamins help to support adrenal function, calming and maintaining a healthy nervous system. Vitamin B6 helps in the production of neurotransmitters, which are the chemicals that allow brain and nerve cells to communicate with one another.
DO POTATOES MAKE YOU FAT?
Research has demonstrated that people can incorporate potatoes into their diet and still lose weight. Researchers studied 86 overweight women and men over twelve weeks to determine how a reduced calorie diet with the addition of potatoes affected weight loss. The individuals were randomly allocated to 3 groups and each one had a diet that included 5 to 7 helpings of potatoes each week. The outcomes showed that all 3 groups lost weight.
IT IMPROVES SKIN TEXTURE
Vitamin C is an essential nutrient for collagen, the support system for the skin, promoting the ability of collagen to improve skin texture and smooth wrinkles.
CAN LOWER BLOOD PRESSURE
A study has suggested that consuming potatoes each day can lower high blood pressure almost the same as oats without resulting in an increase in weight.
SWEET POTATOES ARE A GOOD SOURCE OF MAGNESIUM
Magnesium is necessary for healthy artery, blood, bone, heart, muscle, and nerve function.
HELPS IN MAINTAINING HEALTHY BONES
Minerals in potatoes such as phosphorous, iron, magnesium, calcium and zinc help with the maintenance of bone strength and structure.
IT PROVIDES SUPPORT FOR A HEALTHY HEART
The potassium, fiber, vitamin B-6 and vitamin C content in potatoes provide support for a healthy heart. Diets which are high in foods rich in vitamin B6 are associated with reduced rates of heart disease. The cholesterol-lowering properties of potatoes also help to reduce the risk of heart disease.
CAN ALSO HELP WITH WEIGHT LOSS
The soluble fiber in potatoes can also help with weight loss by providing a longer feeling of fullness.
PROVIDES HEALTHY MUSCLES
Carbohydrates are an important part of a post-exercise recovery meal. 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.
IT IS THE SOURCE OF DIETARY POTASSIUM
Researchers have identified potatoes as being the lowest cost source of dietary potassium, a nutrient lacking in the American diet, and important for reducing the risk of high blood pressure. One medium potato with skin provides 18% of the recommended daily value of potassium.
HELPS TO PREVENT SCURVY
The vitamin-C present in potatoes can help prevent this disease, caused by a deficiency of vitamin-C. It is characterized by cracked lip corners, spongy and bleeding gums, and frequent viral infections. Although it has been eliminated from most first and second world countries with ready access to vitamin C, it still exists in certain nations of the world, so the prolific presence of potatoes in the world helps with this problem.
VERY EFFECTIVE IN REDUCING INFLAMMATION
Potatoes are very effective in reducing inflammation, both internal and external. Since it is soft, easily digested and has a lot of vitamin-C (a very good antioxidant that repairs tissue wear and tear), potassium and vitamin-B6, it can relieve any inflammation of the intestines and the digestive system. It is a very good dietary element for those who have mouth ulcers as well. Therefore, people who suffer from arthritis and gout can use potatoes for their anti-inflammatory impact, but again, since it can add to weight gain, which exacerbates these conditions, and is commonly eaten with meat and other rich foods that make gout worse, a fine balance must be struck.
FOR KIDNEY STONES POTATOES ARE USEFUL
Kidney Stones, also known as Renal Calculi, are caused mainly due to increased levels of uric acid in the blood. In such cases, foods high in protein should be avoided, particularly animal proteins such as meat, turkey, shrimp, fish, eggs, and milk, as well as spinach, raw plantain, black grams and certain beans, which drastically increase the level of uric acid in the blood. Iron and calcium also contribute to forming the stones. Potatoes are rich in both of these so logically, they wouldn’t fit in as a preventative measure of kidney stones, but they also contain magnesium, which inhibits the accumulation or deposition of calcium (calcification) in the kidney and other tissues, thereby proving beneficial for the treatment of renal calculi.
USEFULNESS OF POTATOES IN DIARRHEA
They are an excellent component of an energy-rich diet for those suffering from diarrhea since it is very easy to digest and contains mild roughage. However, eating too many potatoes can cause diarrhea due to the excessive ingestion of starch.
POTATO’S JUICE IS VERY USEFUL
Juice from potatoes is a good treatment for burns, bruises, sprains, skin problems, ulcers, effects of narcotics, prostate cancer, uterine cancer, and the formation of cysts or tumors.
SWEET POTATOES CONTAIN IRON AND SUPPORT A HEALTHY IMMUNE SYSTEM
Most people are aware that we need the mineral iron to have adequate energy, but iron plays other important roles in our body, including red and white blood cell production, resistance to stress, proper immune functioning, and the metabolizing of protein, among other things.
THEY ARE HIGH IN VITAMIN B6
Vitamin B6 helps reduce the chemical homocysteine in our bodies. Homocysteine has been linked with degenerative diseases, including heart attacks.