Potatoes are a great energy source. They represent “power on a plate” and help to sustain active and busy lifestyles. Potatoes are widely considered the most natural and healthy of all the main carbohydrate options, when cooked in their unprocessed form.
- Potatoes are low in sugar, naturally free of salt and fat and are a better source of vitamin C, potassium and fibre than either brown rice or pasta.
- A medium sized baked or boiled potato with its skin on has just 110 calories and provides nearly half your daily vitamin C.
- They are also naturally gluten free containing 3 times the amount of potassium than a banana.
Despite an often-cited misconception about potatoes being “fattening”, they are actually a highly nutritious vegetable when prepared and eaten in the right way.
Healthy Ways To Eat Potatoes
- Potatoes are so versatile. They can be boiled, steamed, roasted, and baked. Thus, potatoes can be cooked without butter or oil and mixed with other vegetables.
- It is better to sauté them dry with spices and herbs and cook with a little bit of water.
- It is always advisable to retain the skins as it contains fibre, flavonoids and other nutrients. When cooking potatoes, go for low-fat, low-sodium, and low-calorie toppings.
When choosing a carbohydrate source, the potato comes out on top – it has less fat than pasta, twice the fibre of brown rice and works out cheaper on a kilo by kilo comparison!