If you eat potatoes every day, here’s what happens!

THE ESSENTIAL

  • Potatoes contain many vitamins and other nutrients important for health.
  • With 2.1 million tonnes exported (fresh plants), France is the world’s leading exporter of potatoes.

Vitamin C, potassium, magnesium… we often ignore it, but the potato is packed with benefits.

And that’s good because it’s an essential product in the diet of the French, who consume 50 kg of it every year.

protective role

Despite its “anti-diet” reputation, the potato offers the distinctive benefits of a vegetable: its vitamins, consisting of antioxidants and fiber, play a protective role in health.

This is especially true of the red and purple varieties, which contain antioxidants like flavonoids (anthocyanins), lutein, and zeaxanthin.

The potato is above all an interesting source of complex carbohydrates, which provide the body with lasting energy and ensure a longer feeling of satiety.

nutrient

It also provides a significant amount of nutrients, including potassium, which is essential for many vital functions (liver, kidneys, heart, etc.).

For example, a medium-sized baked potato (without the skin) contains 610 milligrams of potassium, or 13% of the recommended daily allowance, while a medium-sized banana contains only 422 milligrams, or 9%. And the potato also contains fewer calories.

Additionally, potatoes contain the second-highest level of choline, which consumption is vital as it is essential for good brain, nerve, and muscle health.

We also recommend eating potatoes for their vitamin B6 content, which has been linked to good mental health: one small potato contains about a quarter of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin B6 for an adult.

And citrus fruits aren’t the only source of vitamin C: on average, a small potato (150g) contains around 15% of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin C, a source of antioxidants essential for supporting immune function.

Finally, the potato is a source of resistant starch—a type of fiber that is “resistant” to digestion by human gut enzymes. As a prebiotic, the potato nourishes the bacteria in our gut and keeps them healthy.

serious diseases

However, be careful not to eat it in the form of french fries, the high fat content of which increases the risk of serious diseases such as certain types of cancer, obesity, diabetes or neurodegenerative pathologies … more than acrylamide, a substance produced when the potato is too Frying at high temperatures is also suspected of being carcinogenic, reports Médisite.

It is better to opt for a fat-free cooking method and choose organic ones to be able to eat them with the skin and enjoy all their benefits.

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