Followers of low carb diets give potatoes a bit of a bad rap, but potatoes are packed with powerful nutrients and antioxidants.
Potatoes are a good source of vitamin B6 with one medium potato providing around 10% of the recommended daily value. Vitamin B6 is a water-soluble vitamin that plays important roles in carbohydrate and protein metabolism. It helps the body make nonessential amino acids needed to make various body proteins , it is also linked with energy metabolism; and is required for the synthesis of hemoglobin , an essential component of red blood cells.
One medium potato with the skin contributes around 2 grams of fibre. Dietary fibre is a complex carbohydrate and is the part of the plant material that cannot be digested and absorbed in the bloodstream. Soluble fibre has shown it also may help lower blood cholesterol.
Potatoes are an excellent source of vitamin C, even more vitamin C than one medium tomato. Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin that acts as an antioxidant stabilising free radicals, which help prevent cellular damage. It aids in collagen production, assists with iron absorption, and helps heal wounds and keep your gums healthy. Vitamin C may help support the body’s immune system too.
One medium potato with skin provides around 620 milligrams of potassium per serving and is considered one of the best foods with potassium. Potassium is a mineral that is part of every body cell. It helps regulate fluids and mineral balance in and out of cells and in doing so, helps maintain normal blood pressure. Potassium is also vital for transmitting nerve impulses or signals, and in helping muscles contract.