THE humble potato sure does get a bad rep these days, says WA Potatoes clinical nutritionist Carmen Hudson.
People have started to fear the potato either because they think they’re high in calories or they are afraid of excessive carbohydrates.
But it may come as a surprise to you that the potato has an extensive nutritional profile that shouldn’t be left behind.
When it comes to the potato and its health benefits it is all about the way it’s prepared.
Obviously if you take it, peel it, cut it and deep fry it in a load of vegetable oil at extreme heats then you won’t maximise its health benefits, just like you wouldn’t with any food put through that process.
In fact, potatoes are little power houses, they are very versatile, economical and satiating.
Potatoes play an important role in providing the body with complex carbohydrates needed for energy and contain fibre, vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals and antioxidants.
Their nutritional profile when consumed within a balanced diet can aid in lowering the incidence of a wide range of chronic diseases such as high blood pressure, heart disease, cancer and neurodegenerative diseases.