Most people especially the young eat potatoes as greasy French fries or potato chips. This is unfortunate since they are loaded with fats such as butter, sour cream, and melted cheese that turns them from a healthful food to a fatty, salty food or snack.
A survey has revealed that many calorie-conscious people shy away from potatoes because they refutedly are loaded with high-carb. But a study by the British Journal of Nutrition reported that potatoes are wrongly classified as high on the Glycemic Index, which ranks carbohydrates from one to 100 according to how quickly they are broken down during digestion into basic glucose.
But a potato baked simply has only 26 calories, high dietary fiber food that decreases absorption of dietary cholesterol and thereby lowers plasma LDL cholesterol.
Researchers at the Institute for Food Research in Norwich reported that they found kukoamines, molecules that lower blood pressure in potatoes. The Chinese had been drinking Lycium chinense, a plant that contains kukoamines, as a tea to lower blood pressure.
As a rich carbohydrate source, potatoes provide the body with an essential source of fuel and energy and help to fuel all reactions in the body which we need for movement, thinking, digestion and cellular renewal.
Agricultural Research Service has identified 60 different kinds of phytochemicals and vitamins in the skins of potatoes. Analysis revealed that phytochemicals found in potatoes rivals that of broccoli and spinach and includes flavonoids which helps protect against cardiovascular disease by lowering levels of bad LDL-cholesterol and keeping arteries fat-free and a recently identified compound called kukoamine which researchers at the Institute for Food Research in Norwich have found to help lower blood pressure.
Potatoes are also a rich source of Vitamin B, folate and minerals such as potassium, magnesium and iron and Vitamin B6 which reduces levels of homocysteine. High homocysteine levels are associated with high risk of heart attack and stroke. Vitamin B6 is also essential for the formation of virtually all new cells in the body. Vitamin B6 is a key player in athletic performance and endurance as it needed for the breakdown of glycogen, the form in which sugar is stored in our muscle cells and liver.
Potatoes are full of Vitamin C. A 150 gram medium potato with the skin can provide 27 mg. of Vitamin C. They are also very high in potassium and a rich source of iron and copper.
Now, whoever coins the “lowly potato” must be crazy not to appreciate this nutrition-laden root vegetable, according to health authorities.#