Just What Are You Eating When You Eat A Potato

 

Let me clarify first I would only eat potato skin if it is an organic potato.

According to Nutrition and Biochemist Scientist Viviane Goldschmidt

The green tops of potato plants are inedible, like the stems and leaves of its nightshade relative, the tomato. But the tubers, as long as they have not been exposed to sunlight long enough to turn green, are delicious and nutritious, as we’ll soon see. But first, I want to clarify that the potato is not, strictly speaking, a root, although it is often called a root vegetable.

Potatoes Are Acidifying…Or Not?

Sometimes there is confusion as to whether or not the potato is acidifying. The flesh of the white potato is acidifying, so if you peel a potato, chop, sauté, and eat it, it’s an acidifying food. However, if you leave that same potato unpeeled, it’s alkalising.

The skin raises its pH, essentially, making it an alkaline food when the skin is left on, and it also adds a great deal of nutritional value to this delicious tuber.

Potatoes Offer Nutrition As Well As Comfort

Because they are so often transformed into French fries and chips, potatoes have a reputation for being fattening and unhealthy. But skin-on white potatoes have much to offer in bone-building nutrients.

Vitamin C – A medium potato has 42 milligrams of Vitamin C, which is 45% of the RDA.  Your body needs Vitamin C for so many functions, including your bone health. This Foundation Supplement helps build strong, flexible collagen, which forms the bone matrix, as well as nourishing skin and connective tissue all over your body.
Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine) – Crucial for proper nervous system function, Vitamin B6 is a Foundation Supplement for good bones. Vitamin B6 aids in the metabolism of protein, and works with the other B vitamins to build bones and promote healthy mental function. Together with folic acid and Vitamin B12, B6 helps lower inflammatory homocysteine levels.
Iron – A medium potato with the skin on has around 2 milligrams of iron. The potato’s Vitamin C content aids with iron absorption.
Fiber – Here is another reason to keep that skin on the potato. One medium spud has 2 grams of fiber, a substance that plays a key role in bone health but often gets eschewed in popular “low carb” diets.
Potassium – An electrolyte as well as a mineral, potassium is plentiful in a pH-balanced diet. It’s also plentiful in potatoes, with one medium potato offering 620 milligrams of this nutrient. Potassium balances sodium in the body and regulates intracellular and intercellular water balance.
Calcium – When it comes to bone health, this is the mineral everyone thinks of (although no single mineral builds bone by itself). A medium potato has an average of 34 milligrams of calcium.

There you have it, I love potatoes and for my family its one of our staple diet, will follow this blog post with some delicious potato recipies.

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