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Why You Should Eat Potatoes

herb roasted potatoes

Potatoes are popular in most households and are sometimes considered alternatives to yam.

herb roasted potatoes

Although we often consume the tuberous crop, many are unaware of the powerful nutritional values and beauty advantages it possesses.

Here are a few health and beauty benefits:

Antioxidants

Potatoes contain antioxidants like flavonoids, carotenoids and phenolic acids. These antioxidants neutralise potentially harmful molecules known as free radicals.

Free radicals, when accumulated, increase the risk of chronic diseases like heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

Improved digestive health

Potato contains a special type of starch known as resistant starch. This starch is not broken down and fully absorbed by the body. It reaches the large intestine where it becomes a source of nutrients for the beneficial bacteria in the gut.

These bacteria digest the starch, converting it into short-chain fatty acids.

Vitamins and minerals

If there’s one thing potatoes can boast of, it’s that they are packed with tons of nutrients.

Fibre, fat, vitamin C, vitamin B6, potassium, magnesium and phosphorus are examples of important nutrients found in potatoes.

Nutrient content in potatoes varies depending on how they are prepared.

Beauty tips

Potato juice can be used to clear dark circles under the eyes.

It can also work well in brightening skin complexion and softening nail cuticles.

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