Potatoes have been shown, in a study done on animals, to reduce inflammation in the colon and may help strengthen the colon walls, which means that it may be effective at reducing colon cancer and inflammatory diseases in the colon.1
Potatoes are actually packed with vitamin C. One serving of a baked potato (1 small potato) contains 25% of your daily value of vitamin C. It’s also very low on the glycemic index, scoring only a 14 for one small baked potato (without salt or toppings). This makes potatoes great for people who have diabetes or are at risk for developing diabetes. On top of that, one small baked potato has almost the same amount of potassium as one medium sized banana. Bananas are known for being such a great source of potassium.
Although not a great source of protein, the proteins that potatoes do have are complete proteins, meaning, they contain all the essential amino acids that our bodies cannot produce on their own.
Potatoes are also a good source of vitamin B6, niacin and folate, which are all B-vitamins. They’re also a good source of magnesium, copper, phosphorus and manganese.
Purple Potatoes ★★
Purple potatoes have as much antioxidants as Brussels Sprouts, Kale or Spinach. These potatoes are also a good source of complex carbohydrates, potassium, vitamin C, folic acid and iron. 2
Those who have or are at risk for developing diabetes should steer clear of potatoes, especially baked potatoes, because they are high on the glycemic index.
- Nofrarías M, Martínez-Puig D, Pujols J, Majó N, Pérez J. Long-term intake of resistant starch improves colonic mucosal integrity and reduces gut apoptosis and blood immune cells. Nutrition (Burbank, Los Angeles County, Calif.) [serial online]. November 2007;23(11-12):861-870.
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