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Potatoes are arguably the best starch-rich comfort food staple one can have next to rice and beans. With the many potato varieties, recipes and food made of it whether as ingredients or hero mains, Potatoes rank as one of the most shopped for cooking vegetables and a definite must on your daily grocery list. Bake it, roast it, mash it, grill it, fry it, make salad of it--the possibilities are endless with the humble Potato. It is delicious and low in calories and provides important nutrients, such as Vitamin C, Vitamin B6 and various minerals. Potato supplies complex carbohydrates that are essential for energy. One serving of a 5.3 ounce medium potato provides 10 percent of protein 45 percent of the Recommended Daily Intake (RDI) for Vitamin C, most of which is found immediately under the skin 21 percent of potassium and 3 grams of fiber. It has no fat and contains less than 100 calories. Potatoes are a very good source of Vitamin B6, potassium, copper, manganese, phosphorus, niacin, dietary fiber, and pantothenic acid. Potatoes also contain a variety of phytonutrients that have antioxidant activity. Among these important health-promoting compounds are carotenoids, flavonoids, and caffeic acid, as well as unique tuber storage proteins, such as patatin, which exhibit activity against free radicals.
Average Nutritional Values Per Portion
Average Nutritional Value Per 100g
*Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calaries needs
Place the Potatoes in a cardboard box, paper bag, mesh bag or basket to ensure good ventilation. Plastic bags won't allow them to breathe, and will shorten their shelf life considerably. Store it in a cool, humid and dark place at an ideal 45-50 degrees temperature range. Avoid putting them in the fridge as the too cold temperature will turn the potato starch into sugar.
Potatoes are often thought of as a comfort food, the vitamin C in potatoes acts as an antioxidant. These substances may prevent or delay some types of cell damage, according to the National Institutes of Health. They may also help with digestion, heart health, blood pressure and even cancer prevention.