5 Benefits Of Potatoes You Must Know
Updated : June 14, 2021 17:06 IST
Potatoes are quite a staple across homes simply becase of their versatility. But did you know the many health benefits they offer?
Easy, versatile, quick and what not, potatoes are a root vegetable that has impressed almost every household across the world. A staple across kitchens, there’s a reason why every home and restaurant never run out on potatoes. From the beloved French fries to robust curries, aromatic pulaos and comforting stews, you can spot a potato everywhere. Besides being this king of sorts of the culinary world due to its versatility to blend in every delicacy, potatoes are also brimming with health benefits!
As per experts, potatoes are an excellent source of vitamin C, potassium, fibre, B vitamins copper, tryptophan, manganese and even lutein. Here’s how all these nutrients in potatoes can help our body:
1. Regulates Blood Pressure
Baked, mashed and tossed in salads, potatoes if taken moderately and in a healthy way can help regulate blood pressure. As per experts, potatoes have about 100 calories, while being rich in chlorogenic acid and anthocyanins, chemicals that help lower blood pressure. They can also balance high sodium levels, therefore aiding in managing blood pressure levels. All we need is to cook them well, remember no chomping on fries!
2. Promotes Digestion
Potatoes have a rich content of fibre, which supports digestion and promotes bowel regularity by adding bulk to stool. They can be a good aid to recover from diarrhea due to the presence of potassium, a mineral that is excessively lost during diarrhea.
3. Reduces Inflammation
Studies and experts have revealed that potatoes have alkalising and anti-inflammatory properties. These can help soothe stomach and duodenum ulcers and reduce stomach acidity. But remember, moderation is the key!
4. Promote Sleep
Tryptophan, a natural sedative is found in potatoes which boosts good sleep. Additionally, potatoes are known to have carbohydrates in abundance which, as per studies, foster sleep.
5. Good For Skin: Dark Circles And Puffy Eyes
Potatoes are known to be good for skin, especially for its excellent collagen boosting ability. Potato face masks are extremely popular as it can treat acne and other skin conditions like dark spots and blemishes. While the vitamin C present in potato juice can bring down visible signs of ageing from your face, the antioxidant rich peel can exfoliate, remove dead skin cells and rejuvenate your skin.