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8 Health Benefits of POTATOES

The scientific name for Potato is "Solanum Tuberosum" and it is actually from Nightshade family. The word potato is derived from the Spanish word "patata". It was first originated in the region of modern-day southern Peru and extreme northwestern Bolivia. Recently, China is the world's largest country in producing potatoes. Potato can be enjoyed by mashed, sliced, baked, boiled and many more. Let's explore the nutritional facts of potatoes-

  • Potatoes are an excellent source of several nutrients, such as vitamins C and B6, potassium, pantothenic acid, niacin and dietary fiber.
  • Research has revealed that lectins like those present in potatoes inhibit cancer cell growth.
  • It can lower high blood pressure almost like oats without resulting increase in weight.
  • Potatoes contain carbohydrates that are easy to digest and facilitate good digestion.
  • Having 2 spoonful of raw potato juice before meals can eliminate acid condition and relieves from rheumatism.
  • Vitamin-C,B-complex and minerals like potassium, magnesium, phosphorus and zinc in potatoes are good for the skin.
  • The juicy pulp of a raw potato applied to your face can reduces the wrinkles and other skin blemishes due to ageing.
  • Raw potato juice will relives us from gastritis.
  • Potato is very effective in curing inflammation, internal or external. Since it is soft, easy digestible and has a lot of vitamin-C, potassium and vitamin-B6, among others, it relieves inflammation of the intestines and the digestive system.
  • It is an excellent energy-rich diet for those suffering from diarrhea, since it is very easy to digest as well as contains mild roughage.
  • One of the great advantage of potatoes is weight gain. Potatoes are filled with a pack of carbohydrates and contain little proteins hence, this makes them an ideal and perfect diet for thin people who desperately want to put on weight.

Approximate Values of Vitamins and Minerals available in Potatoes per 100 gm:

  • Vitamin C - 15mg - 20mg
  • Calcium - 8mg - 10mg
  • Iron - 0.5mg- 0.8mg
  • phosphorus - 30mg - 40mg
Side Effects:

  • The pain of arthritis problem may worsens more in some patients who are allergic to Solanin which is present in potatoes sometimes.
  • Potatoes must be avoided by the people suffering from Venereal diseases (Sexually Trasmitted Diseases) and Aphrodisiac tendencies.
  • Potatoes contain certain substances called carotenoids (lutein, zeaxanthin etc.) which are beneficial for heart and other internal organs,but again, since it raises the glucose level in the blood and over intake may cause obesity, which in turn can put a lot of pressure to your heart.
  • Potatoes must be avoided by the obese people as they are fattening.

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