Potatoes have been in existence for around 10,000 years or even more. The birthplace of it is believed to be in areas around Chile and Peru. In the 16th century, potatoes was introduced to Europe and other parts of the world.
The potato belongs to the Solanaceae family. It is botanically termed as Solanum tuberosum. There are various varieties of potatoes and it is considered as the fourth largest crop of the world.
There are several health benefits of potatoes and this is the reason it is consumed in such a large scale.
Potato is a tuberous root vegetable which is starchy and high in many essential minerals and vitamins. It is low in fat and is good source of carbohydrates. Potatoes contain vitamins like Thiamine, Riboflavin, Niacin, and vitamin B6. It also has a high content of vitamin C.
The main health benefits of potatoes, is the amount of Vitamin B and Vitamin C. Vitamin B is important for maintenance of the nervous system, cell structure and cardiovascular health. Vitamin C works as an antioxidants which help the body prevent colds and influenza. Vitamin C also helps in free radical maintenance.
Potatoes are an easily digested and is good for people who have gluten issues. It contains 9 essential varieties of amino acids, which are required by the body. Potatoes also contributes to the daily intake of protein. Potatoes help in minimizing the risk of heart disease, diabetes and obesity. Beta carotene which is found in potatoes help fight against free radicals which causes cancer. Blood purification and lowering of blood pressure is also a benefit of potatoes. As they have high amount of dietary fiber, the risk of constipation is lowered.
Written by Jannich Brendle ons 01 maj 2013 In Blogging