The (False) Bad Rap On Potatoes
Potatoes have a bad reputation as many people think they will gain weight from eating too many. I love potatoes and eat them literally every day. That’s why I thought it’s about time to tell you about the great health benefits of them. In fact, it can even be an amazing weight loss food as long as you prepare it right.
- Steam or cook your potatoes for 25 minutes without using any salt.
- Eat them once they have cooled down. This makes a huge difference in the way the body digests them. The starch of cold potatoes can not be turned into fat, no matter how many you eat.
Low in Calories
Potatoes have 77 kcal / 100gr which makes them the perfect weight loss food.
Potatoes contain zero fat, zero cholesterol, and zero sodium
High in Protein
Although potatoes only contain 2% of protein, the essential amino acids of these 2% protein are in the perfect ratio for our body to absorb and therefore will be 100% usable for us.
Animal protein sources, such as meat, which have almost 50% of protein, have an unbalanced ratio of amino acids and are therefore not nearly as usable for our body as plant based protein sources.
High in Potassium
Potatoes are considered to be one of the best foods with potassium and contain more potassium than a banana. Potassium is essential for our body as it is part of every body cell, especially important for our muscles cells. That’s why potassium rich foods like potatoes and bananas make the best fitness foods.
High in Vitamin B6 / C
Vitamin B6 is part of the protein- and energy metabolism, which is very important in order to have enough energy to workout and to achieve great fitness results. Potatoes are full of Vitamin B6 and Vitamin C, which supports our immune system and helps to prevent cell damage.
High in Iron
Many people have an iron deficiency. Especially for women, it is important to eat iron rich foods as we lose iron through our monthly period. Potatoes are a great source of iron as one medium sized potato provides us with 6% of the daily recommended dose.
I hope you find this information helpful!