Potatoes are a rich source of various vitamins and minerals. Potatoes with peel (it applies to young potatoes) have an extremely high content of vitamin B6, and potassium -- and this is twice more than bananas.
They contain a lot of fiber and solid amounts of protein. Potatoes are, believe it or not, rich in vitamin C -- a large boiled potato contains about 37% of the recommended daily amount of vitamin C, while a large baked potato contains even more -- almost half of the daily required amount of vitamin C!
In addition, potatoes contain solid amounts of iron, manganese and magnesium.
As a food, they have a relaxing effect. Large amounts of vitamin B and magnesium, which the potatoes contain, have a calming effect on the body and relieve the effects of stress.
Even though this may seem strange to you, but some research has indicated that potatoes can be included evenin weight loss diets (those that are implemented specifically for weight loss).
The starch that potatoes contain is polysaccharide (complex sugar) which can actually help you lose weight -- on the condition that you do not consume potatoes that are drank in fat during frying.
It is recommended to consume baked rather than fried potatoes. We all know that French fries taste better, but it will be significantly nutritionally more valuable if you bake them in the oven. After they are baked, you can pour over some quality oil, such as olive or coconut.
However, be cautious: potatoes have a high glycemic index (85). Therefore, if you have problems with blood sugar, you need to watch the amount you consume.
If you consume the potatoes with good quality oil (for example cold pressed olive or coconut oil), it would decrease the glycemic index.
This happens because simultaneously the digestion of fat and polysaharides will slow down the pace of the absorption of glucose in the blood. This is recommended even if you do not have problems with sugar.