✒ Power Food: Potato
Here are some reasons, why you should consider having always some potatoes in your house:
A Potato has all necessary nutrients (incl. a variety of vitamins and minerals, as well as a little bit of protein) combined in one. You could actually survive on solely eating boiled potatoes (with the skin on).
The starch in them makes your tummy feel full for longer after meals. Which makes them an important component in your weight loss diet.
The Potato is 80% water and 20% solids. An 8 ounce baked or boiled potato has only about 100 calories.
Eaten with other foods, it prevents indigestion.
While their high fibre content in the skin helps regulating your digestion, their high amount of carbohydrates makes them easy to digest.
Their high levels of carbohydrates help the brain to function properly, by keeping the blood glucose level at balance.
The fibre in Potatoes also helps to lower Blood Pressure, by binding and removing the cholesterol in the blood.
The potato is high on Potassium (even more so than Bananas), especially in the potato skin, which is good for your muscle-nerve impulse conduction, your water and chemical balance and your acid and base balance, as well as lowering your blood pressure, by widening the blood vessels and therefor guiding enough blood to the brain to function fully.
The Sodium and Potassium in potato peels can restore the body’s electrolyte balance after workouts.
Potatoes are stuffed with organic plant components, that promote your health (like carotenoids, which maintains proper heart function; flavonoids and caffeic acid).
The vitamin C in potatoes acts as an antioxidant, preventing or delaying certain types of cell damage. It also helps your immunity; with 45% of your daily intake of Vitamin C in only a medium sized potato.
The Vitamin B6 in potatoes helps create useful brain chemicals, including serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine. Eating potatoes may help with stress, ADHD and depression. It also reduces, just like Vitamin C, free radicals.
Some in potatoes present nutrients: vitamin C, vitamin B6, potassium, magnesium, zinc and phosphorous can all help keep your skin smooth and healthy looking and feeling.
You can treat facial blemishes by washing you face daily with cool potato juice.
You can apply grated raw potato or potato juice to sunburned or frostbite areas of your skin, to promote the healing.
Baked potatoes, wrapped in a kitchen towel can be used as a heat patch or “hot water bottle” on painful areas of your body.
Potatoes are prepared and served in many different ways, including boiled potatoes, mashed potatoes, baked potatoes, potato salad, potato chips, hash browns and French fries. French fries contain a lot of oil/fat so don’t eat too many!
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