The humble spud is often seen as the "bad" guy when it comes to our waistlines but this is just not true! Potatoes are a great fuel to power the body, are easy to digest and provide a ton of nutrients. Need energy? Eat a potato....
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Here are the straight-up facts about the healthy potato:
- Protein - Potatoes are a good source of high quality protein. A potato weighing 148g has as much protein as an egg.
- Minerals - Potatoes are high in potassium and low in sodium for a healthy diet and also have iron and magnesium. There is more potassium in a potato than there is in a banana!
- Antioxidants - The Vitamin C and other phenolic compounds contained in potatoes can offer protection against some diseases. Potatoes provide a significant amount of Vitamin C in our diets if we consume them regularly.
- Carbohydrates - Carb's are an important nutritional component and provide energy for the body. If the carbohydrate reserves in the body become depleted muscle fatigue sets in. It is important to eat enough carbs to maintain the body's glycogen stores. To improve your performance, eat potatoes regularly.
- B Vitamins - Potatoes are rich in the B Vitamins, especially B6, thiamine and niacin. One potato has 8 times the amount of niacin than in a glass of milk.
- Low Sodium - A good choice for low sodium diets.
- Vitamin C - A 148g potato has as much Vitamin C as 1/2 cup tomato juice.
- Iron - A potato weighing 148g has seven times as much iron as a glass of milk.
- Fibre - Potatoes are high in water-absorbing fibre which makes one feel more satisfied and less hungry.
- Cholesterol & Fat - Not only does this vegetable have great taste, it is inexpensive and nutritious, it is cholesterol free and 99% fat free! It is best to eat the skin to double your nutrients! One serving of a (148g) medium baked potato provides the following nutritional value.