Tuesday, 18 February 2020

Enjoy Potato The Healthy Way

Updated: September 17, 2011 3:46 pm

Potato is a popular vegetable not only in India but throughout the World. You can eat it in any form and consistency. Potato was brought to India by the British and we took it with rare enthusiasm. Cultivated it and made it a popular vegetable in India. It became an integral part of the Indian diet and can be cooked anyway you like it. You can bake, boil, fry, roast and can cook as subzi and it will still taste as good.

From health point of view, potato nutrition is not always a positive diet. However because of unhealthy cooking method, potatoes received a bad reputation, nutritionally speaking. When eaten in their natural state with its skin intact potato is deemed to be a being healthy dietary choice. Frying is undoubtedly delicious but far from being healthy. It is always good to boil potatoes with skin intact and peel it after cooling. This is because the nutrients of the potato are evenly distributed between the flesh and the skin.


 OTHER HEALTH BENEFITS OF POTATO.


 Scurvy

Vitamin C present in potatoes fulfills this deficiency and protects us from cracked lips, bleeding gums, frequent viral infections etc.

 

Heart

Apart from carbohydrates potato contains carotenoids which are beneficial for heart and other organs. Since it raises the glucose level in blood, over intake may cause obesity which in turn puts a lot of pressure on heart, hence it is not recommended for obese and diabetic people.

 

Brain function

Proper functioning of the brain depends largely on glucose level and oxygen supply, vitamin B complex, some hormones, amino acids, fatty acids etc. Potato caters to almost all that is mentioned above.

 

Skin care

Potatoes contain vitamin C and B complex and minerals that are good for skin. Apart from that crush the raw potatoes to pulp and add little honey to make an excellent skin and face pack. This can even cure pimples and spots on the skin. Even the water in which potatoes are washed is very good for cleaning and softening of the skin, especially around elbows and back of the palm.

Kidney stone

Is caused due to the raised level of uric acid in the blood. Potato which is rich in magnesium resists the accumulation of calcium in the kidney and other tissues there by proving beneficial to the treatment of renal calculi.

 

 High blood pressure

The fiber present in potato is helpful in lowering cholesterol and improves functioning of insulin in the body which aids to lowering of blood pressure. Since there is a direct relation between blood pressure and glucose levels in the blood, insulin regulates this glucose level.

Inflammation

Very effective in internal or external inflammation since it is soft and easily digestible and contains vitamin C, B6 and potassium among others. It relieves inflammation of intestines and digestive system. A very good diet for those suffering from mouth ulcers.


Potato is best known for its carbohydrate content in terms of nutrition. The predominant form of this carbohydrate is starch. A very significant amount of this starch is not digested by the enzymes in the stomach and small intestines and thus reaches the large intestines essentially intact. It protects against colon cancer, improves glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity, lowers plasma cholesterol and triglyceride concentrations, increases satiety and possibly even reduces fat storage. The amount of resistance starch in potatoes depends on preparation methods. A good source of dietary energy and micro-nutrients, its protien content is high as compared to other vegetables.

Potatoes have one of the highest antioxidant activity among vegetables. Antioxidants protect key cell components by neutralising the damaging effect of ‘free radicals’. It contains antioxidants that help protect against some cancers.

 By Nibhanapudi Suguna

 

 

 

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