Most people who are trying to lose weight swear off whole food groups which may include not only their favorite foods but also healthy foods like potatoes. Mashed and fried they become comfort foods, when boiled, they are great for a salad. Enjoying a baked potato may be your healthiest option but be sure not to load up on fatty fixings. Here is the lowdown on potatoes.
HOW HEALTHY ARE POTATOES?
Potatoes are a good source of Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Potassium; they also contain antioxidants like quercetin and phytoalexins. According to a study in Frontiers in Bioscience, phytoalexins -- which are also found in cruciferous vegetables, garlic, tomatoes, rice, and beans -- may fight cancer by inhibiting cell proliferation metastasis. There are hundreds of types of potatoes ranging from French Fingerling to Yukon gold to the Japanese Sweet Potato. Also, potatoes fall into three basic categories: starchy, waxy, and those in-between which are referred to as all-purpose.
WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO PREPARE THEM?
To retain the most nutrients, keep the skin on - not only does it contain fiber, it helps preserve some of the nutrients in the potato. Baking and roasting also helps retain nutrients. Flavor with herbs and spices, like turmeric or rosemary which have anti-inflammatory properties when preparing them at home.
ARE POTATOES A SUPERFOOD?
Most people think that potatoes are fattening, but it's when they're fried, mashed with cream and butter, or eaten in overabundance that they can cause weight gain. But potatoes contain valuable nutrients, including potassium, vitamin C, phosphorus, magnesium, selenium and fiber. These nutrients deliver considerable health benefits; one study found that eating potatoes twice a day can lower your blood pressure. While experts might not refer to potatoes as a Superfood, they can certainly be qualified as a health food. Now, do potatoes make the list for a daily “must” with regards to our diet- not really. Others will easily swap in a sweet potato for regular potatoes leaving them feeling more confident about their choice.
Looking for a healthy potato salad, try this delicious recipe for a festive potato salad.