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Potatoes, Health Benefits and Diet

by Latisha Porter (follow)
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Did you know that potatoes are the number one vegetable crop in the United States and the fourth most consumed crop in the world, behind rice, wheat and corn, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture? Potatoes are often thought of as a comfort food within our diets richly mashed with butter and sour cream or fried in vegetable oil. Unfortunately, when prepared in these unhealthy ways, potatoes can lead to weight gain, diabetes and heart disease according to the Harvard School of Public Health.

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However, here’s some health benefits that potatoes can provide when consumed in our diet:

• Lower blood pressure

• Enhance brain functioning (learning and memory)

• Immunity/Vitamin C helps prevent the common cold

• Helps digestion due to their high fiber content

• Helps heart health by clearing cholesterol from blood vessels

• Helps to restore electrolyte balance

Even though potatoes have many health benefits, remember the best way to eat them is in its whole (including the skin), unprocessed form. Baking a potato is the best way to prepare it which causes the lowest amount of nutrients to be lost. So, the next time you include potatoes in your diet, make sure to bake them.

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