Basic Potato Benefits
- Potatoes are Convenient:
It might take a little time to get the back out, but once its done, it is convenient and easy to prepare. Smaller potatoes potatoes can be microwaved in only 2/3 minutes 0r boiled in 10 minutes, whereas the larger potatoes can take about 8 /9 minutes in the microwave and boiled in 15/20 minutes.
- Potatoes are Healthy:
It can be seen as a healthy carbohydrate. An average potato has less than 100 calories, Potatoes are virtually fat free. Potatoes are highly rich in Vitamin B6, a substance needed for cellular renewal, a healthy nervous system and a balanced mood; high in Vitamin C, and are high in potassium. Potatoes also contain a variety of phytonutrients that have antioxidant activity, also UK scientists at the Institute for Food Research have identified blood pressure-lowering compounds called kukoamines in potatoes.
- Potatoes are great value for money
Ways in which potato can be used:-
- potato fries
- potato wedges
- potato pie
- potato pudding (a Jamaican specialty)
- candied potatoes
- potato salad
- mashed potatoes (mash with cheese for added zip)
- potato smoothie
- potato drink/punch
- potato loaf
- potato crisp or chips
- potato cake
- potato souffle
- potato mousse
- simple baked potato
Potato skins contain fibre and flavonoids and other nutrients, so keeping them on if you boil or mash potatoes will give extra nutrition. As Vitamin C leaches into water, bake your potatoes if you want to get the most of this vitamin. To prepare a healthy meal with potatoes, cut down on preparing with oil, butter, cheese (guilty of this), Chips that have been cooked in deep-fried oil will be soaked in artery-clogging fat and packed full of unhealthy calories. Instead, eat oven-baked chips, which are virtually fat free.
Potatoes either sweet or Irish can be prepared however you like but aim to create a healthy meal. Experiment and create your own dishes, and remember its benefit to your health.