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Potatoes: help you lose weight, have antioxidants, regulate blood pressure and are diuretic

Potato or potato, a tuber of the botanical family of Solanaceae like tomato , pepper , eggplant or goji berries .

Potatoes have become one of the most consumed foods in the world and today we want to show you what are the properties and health benefits of potato or potato consumption. To be of the best quality, always choose organic potatoes . And combine the potatoes with other seasonal fruits and vegetables .

Potatoes, Solanum tuberosum , originate from Peru and are grown today in all continents, which is why there are many varieties of potatoes that have been adapted to different regions. The potato is the most popular tuber, but we can also highlight other tubers such as sweet potato or sweet potato , cassava or cassava , Jerusalem artichoke or Jerusalem artichoke, and tigernut , all of them healthy foods that deserve their space in our usual diet.

You can use potatoes or potatoes in many recipes, both as a garnish as a main ingredient, in dishes such as the famous potato omelette or Spanish omelette to stuffed potatoes, Russian salad, patatas bravas, aioli potatoes, baked potatoes, cake potato, mashed potato, wrinkled potatoes or gnocchi.

In our cooking recipes section you will find some of them, enjoy them!

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Nutritional properties of the potato or potato

In this table with the nutrients of the potato you can see in detail the calories, carbohydrates, protein, fat, vitamins and minerals that this tuber provides per 100 grams of food:

potato nutrient table

Benefits of potatoes or potatoes

Potatoes have a high water content, approximately 80% and complex carbohydrates, they also provide us with vitamins C and group B, they have a high content of minerals such as potassium and phosphorus, and to a lesser extent other minerals such as cakcuim nagbesuim siduim iron, zinc and selenium. Many of these components can be lost during preparation, so the most recommended way to cook potatoes is steamed.

  • The potato or potato can act as a prebiotic, the food of the bacteria that we have in the large intestitis and that are responsible, to a great extent, for our immune system and our general well-being. So that we can take advantage of the prebiotic action of this tuber, we must prepare it steamed or cooked with the skin, let it cool for about 6 hours in the fridge or refrigerator (at about 4 ºC) and later, when we are going to eat the potato, we eat it cold, warm , or heated to low temperature (no more than 130 ºC). This is how resistant starch is produced , which is the food of the intestinal microbiota. What are the benefits of resistant potato starch? In addition to feeding our bacteria, resistant starch has other important benefits:makes the potato more satiating, increases fat burning and improves insulin sensitivity . Therefore, it is an excellent food for people who want to lose weight and lose weight.
  • Due to its vitamin C content, it provides us with antioxidants that fight free radicals.
  • The consumption of potatoes is especially indicated when there are liver problems, stomach problems (including heartburn), cystitis, prostatitis or kidney stones.
  • Due to their high potassium content, they are very beneficial to regulate cases of hypertension.
  • Thanks to its diuretic action, the consumption of potato is recommended for cases of gout.
  • Potatoes help us prevent or reduce muscle cramps.
  • This tuber helps to increase our defenses.
  • Potatoes are ideal during all stages of life, but they are especially interesting for people who are overweight or obese who are on a diet to lose weight, since they have few calories, are satiating, provide us with fiber and nutrients.
  • To take full advantage of the potatoes, it is better to steam them with their skin and remove it when we are going to eat it.
  • The green parts of potatoes should be avoided, as they contain solanine and can cause poisoning.

But also, we can take advantage of the properties of potatoes to apply externally and prepare home remedies for issues such as:

  • Dark circles, tired or puffy eyes: we will simply put a few slices of raw potato on the area for a few minutes.
  • Analgesic effect applied on the joints in cases of rheumatism.
  • Burns and wound healing: due to its emollient (softening) action on the skin, promoting its healing. We simply grate a little raw potato and put it in a poultice on the area we want to treat.
  • In cases of edema, due to its anti-inflammatory and anti-inflammatory effect, the potato is also very effective applied locally.
  • Skin damage caused by frostbite.
  • It is also applied in cases of bumps, sprains or even bruises to promote rapid recovery.
  • Damage to the skin caused by excessive sun exposure (blisters, burns).
  • Improve acne cases by applying a grated raw potato mask to the face and leaving it to act for 20 minutes. Afterwards it is rinsed off with lukewarm water.

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