Potato - The Weight Loss Food

Potato - The Weight Loss Food
Whether mashed, boiled, roasted; people often consider potatoes as comfort food as they are available year around. Shapeless & lumpy potatoes have bit of image problem; but this is true super food packed with more nutrients.
 
Secrets of potatoes:
• Potatoes have phytochemical include flavanoids and recently identified compound called kukoamine that appears to help low blood pressure. They also contain good combination of potassium and low sodium which too helps to manage blood pressure. 
• With the exception of vitamin A, white potatoes have just about every nutrient. When compared to banana, potatoes are rich in potassium content. Potatoes are also a good source of iron and copper too.
• Although vitamin –C is sensitive to heat and break down to some degree on cooking, still enough amount is retained to make cooked potatoes a useful source of this nutrients.
• Eating baked or boiled potatoes skin benefits your health by providing a source of niacin, also called vitamin- B3.It also plays a role in cell communication and new cell development and helps your cell recover from physiological stress.
•Baked Potatoes can help balance digestion, which is beneficial for those who suffer from weak digestion.
• For those who are trying to lose weight or avoid weight gain, potatoes may play helpful role. A medium serving of boiled  peeled potatoes(180g) contain about (140calories), which is much less than the same amount of boiled pasta( 286calories)or boiled rice (248calories).
• Most of us enjoying potatoes in the form of fat rich food by having it as a chips or adding oil in it while cooking. Now it’s time to change our method of cooking to make potatoes as weight loss food.
• However, slimmer need to beware: the energy content of potatoes that have (deep) fried can be 2-3 times higher than from boiled or baked potatoes.
 
Did you know?
Potatoes turn green when they are exposed excessive to sunlight or fluorescent light. These potatoes contain solanine, bitter tasting chemicals, which is harmful to your health. Make sure to remove the green portion before you cook these potatoes. If the entire surface is green, the potato should be discarded.
 
Nutritive value per 100gm:
Energy – 77Kcal
Carbs- 17g
Protein- 2g
Fat- trace. 

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