For years potatoes have been living a love hate relationship with health and diet.
This root vegetable has always in controversy for its so satisfying taste and its connection with obesity. Let us know about its factual detail.
Potatoes are high in starch. The myth that soaking or rinsing them removes their starch is not true. A typical potato is 20 % starch and the remaining part is water with some minerals, protein, vitamins, some amino acids and organic acids which give potato its typical flavor.
Potatoes are high in potassium and vitamin C. The skin adds to the fiber. Not all potatoes are same, white potatoes are highest in starch. In fact they have a very smooth texture and are highly used for baking dishes. Yellow and red potatoes have little less starch comparatively.
Potatoes are carb rich, energy providing and have little fat. It is low in protein, high in vitamin C and rich in several B vitamins. Calorie in boiled potato is 80 to 90. Being high in potassium they help in lowering the blood pressure. They also benefit in muscle and nerve function.
Sweet potatoes have a lot of benefit. They are high in vitamin B6, C and E, keeps the heart healthy, high in fiber so regulates blood sugar, has antioxidant and is good for hair and skin, helps in weight loss and boosts immunity.