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Pack ’em in: Reasons why potatoes are a true superfood

Healing powers, aids digestion, lowers blood pressure, prevents cancer, tastes great with steak and almost anything else… Why do we eat them? They’re nutritious and delicious! Let’s nip it in the bud from the start, this is not about “paddywhackery” or awful stereotypes. It’s about a superfood that we love! There are reports that in pre-Famine Ireland laborers ate potatoes by the pound. Given how high many carvery plates are still stacked today with roast and boiled potatoes slathered in gravy, it’s not hard to imagine. However, nowadays, given globalization and influences from abroad, pasta and rice have arrived as very stiff competition for Ireland’s favorite starch. Bord Bia, Ireland food board, recently asked the Irish what their favorite dinner was. Their national response… bacon, cabbage and potatoes! Delicious. Irish potatoes, also known as the tuberous crop from the perennial nightshade solanum tuberosum, are a superfood because… More

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