Potato Chat February 2021: Health by Stealth

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Potato Chat: Our monthly spud-spiration from Nutritionist & Food Writer Niki Bezzant

5 ways potatoes are great for your health

Potatoes get a bit of bad press – shunned by carb-phobics; unfairly blamed for weight gain.

But potatoes are a stealthy super food! 

Here’s why you should include them in your diet.

  1. They’re full of vitamins and minerals

1 potato (210g – about an average size) contains 40% of your daily vitamin C, and twice the potassium of a banana, a fruit that’s often cited as a great source of this mineral. An average-sized banana has about 621mg pf potassium; our potato has 1500mg.

  • They’re quality carbohydrate
    Potatoes shouldn’t be feared for their carbohydrate content. They’re far less carb-y than other foods, like rice, and come complete with vitamins and minerals, as mentioned. An average potato has 23g carbs; whereas a cup of rice has 66g carbs.

Potatoes have more fibre too; which is great for us; a cup of rice has 1.5g fibre, and a potato has 4g fibre. Tip: leave the skin on for more fibre and vitamins.

  • They’re great for gut health

When you cook and cool potatoes, they contain a special type of gut-friendly fibre, resistant starch. (This is also good for blood sugar control).

  • They might help us LOSE weight!

Studies have found potatoes have high satiety (fullness) value – stopping us overeating

AND they contain a protein that may curb appetite.

  • Potatoes are a natural, whole food.

Potatoes are naturally:

  • Gluten free
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Unprocessed

AND… they’re delicious and totally versatile. There’s no need to fear this stealthy super food.