Potatoes are nutritious!

I don’t think anyone has to ask what to do with potatoes.  Bake, boil, mash or fry, a potato can be delicious – even if you spell it with the extra “e.” Potatoes are the highest consumed vegetable in the U.S., only behind corn.

You know, it seems potatoes got a bad rap from fad diets like the Atkins diet, which encouraged dieters to abandon carbohydrates.  But did you know that a medium sized potato has only 110 calories and has NO fat, sodium or cholesterol??  They are also a great source of potassium, fiber, vitamin C, vitamin B6, and iron!

  • The potassium can help lower blood pressure.  (Most Americans don’t get enough)
  • Vitamin C is an antioxidant that aides in  collagen production; assists with iron absorption; and helps heal wounds and keep your gums healthy. Vitamin C may help support the body’s immune system.
  • Soluble fiber may help with weight loss as it makes you feel full longer, and research has shown it also may help lower blood cholesterol.
  • Vitamin B6 is a water-soluble vitamin that plays important roles in carbohydrate and protein metabolism. It helps the body make nonessential amino acids needed to make various body proteins; it is a cofactor for several co-enzymes involved in energy metabolism; and is required for the synthesis of hemoglobin – an essential component of red blood cells.
  • Iron is a major component of hemoglobin that carries oxygen to all parts of the body. Iron also has a critical role within cells assisting in oxygen utilization, enzymatic systems, especially for neural development, and overall cell function everywhere in the body.

So you just can’t go wrong with a potato!

 

 

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