The Potato? A Superfood? Say What?

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 Yes your heard right. And the fact of the matter is all fruits and vegetables are “Super” in their own right when you prepare and serve them properly; in their most healthiest state. When you prepare and serve them properly, you get them at their most nutritious and vital forms…and as surprised as you may be, this also includes the nutritious and healthy potato.

Unfortunately, potatoes have gotten a bad rap in our society. But how could it not have, when we only see the potato dressed in sour cream, bacon, loaded with cheese and enzymes to be topped off with butter cream?  If not in that form, then we’ve seen the other side of the potato which many see as only the Potato Chip, where you will be hard pressed to find any nutrients in what was something that was so full of nutrients. Now if you choose to have your potatoes the way you like it, then that’s just what it will have to be. However many may not be aware of the hidden benefits in consuming the potato in its most minimally processed form.

When potatoes are eaten in their healthiest forms, they are a low calorie high fiber food which can be significant against fighting off cardiovascular disease and the opportunities for cancer to develop. Not only that, but by nature potatoes are extremely high in phytonutrients which means more antioxidants for your body. Here are some of scientifically documented health benefits of the potato in its natural form:

High sources of: copper, vitamin B6, manganese, vitamin C, phosphorus, niacin, potassium, dietary fiber, carotenoids, and flavonoids and documented blood pressure lowering potential as discovered in a UK research study which concluded that potatoes also contain kukoamines which were only thought to be found in Chinese Herbal Medicine.

In addition to this, it has been found that the skin of the potato contains the most amounts of fiber of it which aids in digestion and proper functioning of the excretion system. When the body is excreting properly, that mean toxins are excreting properly as well. The potato is starting to sound more and more ‘Super’ as we discover more and more about it.

For athletes who are looking for another boost of energy from their diet and meal plans, the potato serves as an excellent energy source. Why is this so? It is because the Vitamin B6 that is found in the potato breaks down in glycogen (which is a form of sugar) which is in the muscles and in the liver providing the athlete the energy and stamina that they need.   Again to clarify we are talking about a potato in its purest form and not in its most processed form.

 So the next time your passing down the shopping isle, pick up some organic potatoes and make them part of your healthy eating plan.  The truth of the matter is that all of Nature’s seeds, nuts, vegetables and fruits have Super elements to them when we look at them properly. We’ve only coined the term “Superfood” in these days in order differentiate the foods that are killing us, versus the food that are “Super” and Vital to our lives.  And yes, there’s space for the potato to be a healing agent in our bodies when we take it in its most super form. To your health.

                                                                                           Daud Scott-CHNP.

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