People often steer clear of potatoes because of its bad reputation for being an unhealthy and fatty junk food ingredient. But the truth is that potatoes on their own do not do much harm as much as fried and processed versions of it do. Regular potatoes are actually filling and non-fattening. You’ll be surprised to know that they contain only moderate calories when boiled or baked or steamed. If you still are weary about trying this nutritious food, check out these health benefits of potatoes.
Potatoes are mainly made of carbohydrates which are easy to digest. In fact they boost digestion and are always recommended for babies or other people who can’t digest hard food but need energy. Since they contain fibre they also prevent constipation. But eat them in moderation as binging on potatoes, even on boiled potatoes can cause acidity over time.
Potatoes are rich in vitamins like B-complex and C and minerals like potassium, magnesium, phosphorus and zinc which are good for ones skin. Raw potatoes when rubbed on your skin makes for a very effective home remedy to heal sunburnt and inflamed skin. You can also make an amazing face pack by mixing raw potato pulp with honey and applying it on your face. This pack will smoothen and clear your face.
High blood pressure
Since potatoes are high in fibre they work effectively to lower cholesterol and improve the functioning of insulin in the body. This lowers blood pressure and also regulates glucose levels. In addition to that the potassium content in potato functions as a vasodilator that also aids in lowering blood pressure.
Potatoes not only help relieve external inflammation, but internal inflammation as well. Since it has vitamin B-complex and C and is easily digestible, potatoes can relieve internal inflammation in the intestines and the digestive system. It is also a good food for people with mouth ulcers.
Potatoes are known to be extremely rich in vitamin B6 that is needed for a healthy nervous system. That means this food can regulate your mood and uplift it too.