Are Potatoes Good for You?


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While the George Mateljan Foundation for the World's Healthiest Foods considers potatoes an excellent source of vitamin B6, potassium, copper, vitamin C, manganese, phosphorus, niacin, dietary fiber and pantothenic acid, it cautions that most people eat potatoes deep fried with extra fat, which is unhealthy. When eaten baked, boiled or steamed, potatoes offer plenty of fiber for low calories.

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The World's Healthiest Foods points out that potatoes have a significant potential to lower blood pressure because they contain a compound known as kukoamine. The high presence of vitamin B6 in potatoes has been linked to the formation of new cells, cardiovascular protection and athletic performance. There are over 100 varieties of potatoes, many of which grow year-round. Potatoes are the number one vegetable crop in the world. To get the maximum nutritional value, do not peel the skin. Instead, scrub it clean and remove any bruises or eyes with a paring knife.

Despite their many health benefits, potatoes are a member of the nightshade family. There are few studies done on their negative health consequences, but the World's Healthiest Foods reports anecdotal evidence of arthritis symptoms improving with the elimination of potatoes from a diet. Non-organic potatoes also contain high amounts of pesticide residue, which some people prefer to avoid.

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