The Humble Potato

I say humble because the potato has been the recipient of unhealthy comments for years.

Personally, for years I thought of it as the poor man’s food, having lived the first 13 years of my life on Prince Edward Island. PEI bore the acronym Potatoes Every Inch. Adding to this thinking is my Irish heritage and the stories of the great potato famine.

As a young person I grew up with the attitude that potatoes were part of the menu more as a filler, and that you should avoid them if you didn’t want to become fat!

White Potatoes (Regular) – They contain anti-cancer protease inhibitors. They are high in potassium and may help prevent high blood pressure and strokes. There is also some estrogen activity.

One medium baked potato has 844 mg of potassium, second only to 1/4 cup of blackstrap which contains 2,400 mg.

Raw potatoes and potato juice are very beneficial. I love eating baby potatoes raw and will add the to my salads and have been known to munch on them like a snack. Why not? After all they’re potato chips without the oil and seasoning!

Sweet Potatoes (Cooked) – They rank third for beta carotene content at 8.8 mgm per 3.5 ounces, behind apricots at 17.6 for 28 halves and peaches at 9.2 for 7 halves.

Half a cup of cooked sweet potato contains 455 mg of potassium.

They contain one third mire carbohydrates in the form of natural sugars than regular potatoes, three times as much calcium, twice as much sodium, more than twice as much silicon and more than four times as much chlorine.

Juice of sweet potato is more beneficial than regular potato.

Potato Juice

So good for you! Mixed with carrots and your body will thank you! It’s like getting an internal flush of toxins and a rejuvenating boost for the liver and digestive organs.

When combined with carrots and celery the juice helps those suffering with gastric, nerve and muscle disturbances such as gout and sciatica.

The juice of raw potatoes is beneficial in clearing up skin blemishes due to the high content of potassium, sulphur, phosphorus, and chlorine. Only beneficial when raw because when cooked they are converted into inorganic atoms and have little or no value.

On a closing note about the potassium content, I read a study that potatoes are extremely high in content in comparison with quinoa, and they are a lot cheaper.

So if you’re on a tight budget and doing your best to eat healthy, choosing potatoes for their benefits should help lower your food budget.