The Benefits of Potatoes
In addition to being affordable and easy to store, potatoes are SO good for us! Many people think that they are bad for us…this is because they load them up with butter, sour cream and cheese OR they fry them. This recipe is a really tasty, “good for you” alternative.
Potatoes are packed with powerful nutrients and antioxidants—compounds that fight free radicals. The ORAC value (a measure of the total antioxidants in 100 grams of a given food) for a medium baked potato with skin is a healthy 1,680. Compare those with the values for carrots, either cooked (317) or raw (666)!
Bananas are famous for their potassium—a mineral that helps control our blood pressure. But while a banana has 9% of our daily needs, a medium baked potato has more than twice as much—20 %!
Maintaining bone health requires a complex mix of nutrients, but studies show that dietary manganese can help prevent bone loss.
Potatoes are good sources of manganese. A medium potato has 22% of our daily requirement. Potatoes are good sources of Vitamin B6: One baked medium potato with skin contains 47% of our daily needs. B6 is essential for more than 100 enzymatic reactions that, among other roles, are critical in creating red blood cells and certain chemicals in our nervous system.
To get in all these health benefits try out my (fake) cheesy delicious potato rounds!