Potato, Its Nutritional and Medicinal Value and Health Benefits

Potato the top most popular vegetable in the world. It is a rich source of vitamin B(6) which is essential for more than 100 enzymatic reactions in our body. Kukoamines a compound present in potato has blood pressure lowering capability. Vitamin B(6) improves brain and nervous system and athletic performance. Variety of phytonutrients that have antioxidant activity present in potato. It is virtually fat, sodium, cholesterol and gluten free. High glycemic index making potato unsuitable for diabetics.
Potato, raw, with skin nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz) :-
Energy 321 kJ (77 kcal), Carbohydrates 17.47 gm, Starch 15.44 gm, Protein 2 gm, Fat 0.1 gm,

Vitamins :- Thiamine (B ) 0.08 mg, Riboflavin (B ) 0.03 mg, Niacin (B ) 1.05 mg, Pantothenic acid (B ) 0.296 mg, Folate (B ) 16 μg, Vitamin C 19.7 mg, Vitamin E 0.01 mg, Vitamin K 1.9 μg,

Minerals :- Calcium 12 mg, Iron 0.78 mg, Magnesium 23 mg, Manganese 0.153 mg, Phosphorus 57 mg, Potassium 421 mg, Sodium 6 mg, Zinc 0.29 mg.

Health Benefits :- 

*Potato is very satiating so it helps to manage weight.
*Potato contains proteinase inhibitor which may act to suppress appetite.
*Raw potatoes have anti-irritating and soothing effect when applied on the skin during             burns, rashes and other skin irritations.
*Boiled or steamed potatoes promote the formation and passage of soft hydrated stools. So     patient of  constipation and hemorrhoids can be benefited.

Patatin is a protein in potatoes, some people are allergic to Patatin though potato allergy is relatively uncommon. Acrylamide formed in carbohydrate rich foods when they are cooked at very high temperatures, such as during frying, baking, and roasting. The amount of acrylamides increases with increased frying temperatures. Acrylamide linked with increased risk of cancer in breasts, ovaries, kidneys, mouth and esophagus. For better health it is better to limited or avoid french fries and chips.

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