Benefits of “potatoes” that many people may not know.

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If talking about potatoes We are usually familiar with potato chips in the form of crunchy snacks. Or French fries, which many people consider to be a villain that destroys health , but actually potatoes have more benefits than we know, and they are not as evil as you think.

Potatoes are considered a food with very high nutritional value. Both carbohydrates, protein, vitamins and minerals are high in quantity. The protein obtained from potatoes is of a higher quality than the protein obtained from peanuts. This makes Westerners like to eat potatoes as food. Goes through the cooking process of boiling, baking, stir-frying, and frying.

which if it were a normal potato that are cooked by boiling or baking Potatoes are very beneficial to health. But it’s the way they’re cooked and the way they eat that make potatoes dangerous. Especially people who like to eat potato chips sprinkled with salt. French Fries Cheese Or French fries seasoned with various seasoning powders. Importantly, ready-made frozen French fries may also contain preservatives.

Benefits of "potatoes" that many people may not know.

Benefits of potatoes

medicinal properties

Helps nourish blood vessels to be strong. Helps reduce blood pressure Reduce blood fat Reduce cholesterol Reduce high blood pressure Prevents blood clotting Prevent and treat anemia With the iron and vitamin C contained in potato tubers. Makes it easy for the body to absorb and use. Iron helps the body make red blood cells better. (Potato head)

Used as a sedative and brain nourishment because it contains vitamin B6 that helps nourish the nervous system and brain. Normal production of neurotransmitters such as serotonin, GABA, and adrenaline. Helps you relax, fall asleep easily, reduce stress, but you shouldn’t eat too much. Because vitamin C irritates the stomach. You can have bloating. (Potato head)

Vitamin C helps prevent colds. Scurvy, nourishes the skin, cures mumps, and is used as a mild laxative. Because it contains galacturonic acid. Helps in peristalsis and relaxation of the intestines, neutralizes toxins in the liver, and treats burns and scalds. Excretes milk for pregnant mothers who are breastfeeding. Contains calcium that helps nourish bones and teeth. Peruvians also apply potatoes to their heads to treat pain. In addition, the active substances in potatoes have anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. (Potato head)

Relieves muscle spasms in people who have a cough. Helps you sleep comfortably (leaves)

Beauty benefits

Besides potatoes, they are not the cause of obesity as previously understood. Potatoes are also one of the foods that help in losing weight. Because potatoes are a food that provides low energy. Rich in many vitamins and minerals. But eating potatoes will help keep your stomach full for a long time, so you won’t get hungry easily. You won’t have to eat in small bites.

Uses of potatoes Besides the shape It also helps with the skin, such as thinly sliced ​​potatoes. Helps reduce dark circles under the eyes This is because potatoes contain an enzyme that helps lighten and lighten the skin tone. Moisturizes the skin By making a facial mask, it helps nourish the facial skin and makes the skin firm. Tighten pores Blood circulates well. Some people use potatoes to make skin lotion. Reduce dryness It also helps clean the skin.

Uses in other industries

Potatoes can be processed into many products, both food and non-food, such as making flour, making snacks, savory dishes, making glucose and dextrin. It is a food additive. Or used to make glue and tougheners. Used in the fermentation industry to produce alcohol and citric acid, making rubber wheels, making plastics, films, oil paints, and used in the paper industry. weaving industry

Although potatoes are a low-calorie food, and rich in many vitamins and minerals But if consumed too much, it can be harmful. Especially the potato tubers that had black rotten wounds. green or soft It will cause the amount of this toxin to increase further. Therefore, you should avoid eating potatoes that have been stored for too long. If ingested, it may cause toxic effects on the body. This is because research has found solanine that is toxic to the nervous system. If the body receives a large amount It may be harmful to health, such as causing abnormalities in the digestive ufabet system.

Nutritional value of potatoes

100 grams of raw potatoes have the following nutritional values: 

  • Energy 77 kilocalories (energy from fat 0.9 kilocalories)
  • Carbohydrates 17.47 grams
  • Flour 15.44 grams
  • Dietary fiber 2.2 grams
  • Fat 0.1 g
  • 2 grams of protein
  • 75 grams of water
  • Vitamin B1 0.08 milligrams
  • Vitamin B2 0.03 mg.
  • Vitamin B3 1.05 milligrams
  • Vitamin B5 0.296 milligrams
  • Vitamin B6 0.295 milligrams
  • Vitamin B9 16 micrograms
  • Vitamin C 19.7 milligrams
  • Vitamin E 0.01 mg
  • Vitamin K 1.9 micrograms
  • Calcium 12 mg
  • Iron 0.78 mg
  • Magnesium 23 mg
  • Manganese 0.153 mg
  • Phosphorus 57 mg
  • Potassium 421 mg
  • Sodium 6 mg
  • Zinc (zinc) 0.29 milligrams

Potatoes (really) aren’t villains.

We are familiar with potato chips in the form of crispy snacks from a famous brand. or potato sticks called French fries It is a potato that is cooked by frying (or baking in butter) and is decorated with various seasonings. If we consume large quantities without control It may become a health problem, such as obesity from trans fats. Liver dysfunction or the risk of chronic non-communicable diseases that are caused by fat, such as diabetes and high blood pressure Ischemic heart disease coronary artery disease Fat clogs arteries.

As for the various seasonings That we use to add flavor to potato chips, such as salt, seasoning powders, all have a salty taste, such as barbecue flavor, cheese flavor, pizza flavor, paprika flavor, or even mayonnaise used for dipping. (What we call cheese dip) is sweet and salty. Important ingredients are rich in fat, sugar and sodium (salt). If consumed in large amounts, It is not good for the body. Risk of obesity and kidney disease.

Therefore, you must be careful when eating potatoes. You should pay more attention to potatoes that are cooked through frying because they are quite high in fat and sodium. Therefore, you should eat just enough. Or put it in an oil-free fryer if you want to eat it fried. And people with chronic diseases should be careful when eating.

Therefore, if you really want to benefit from potatoes You should pay attention to the cooking method, choose boiling, baking or putting it in an oil-free fryer. Instead of frying or baking with butter And avoid high-fat, salty condiments if you want to have flavor. I try to use it as little as possible. It will be more beneficial to health.