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Celebrate Spuds this September

Brittany Twiss, Program Assistant

September is National Potato Month, so spend this next month celebrating our favorite spuds.

Potatoes often get a bad reputation for their high glycemic index, viewed as too starchy and filled with carbohydrates to be a healthful food. These vegetables, however, are filled with a variety of minerals, vitamins and phytochemicals that prevent disease and promote overall health.

Some potential health benefits of potatoes include:

  • Bone health: potatoes include nutrients that promote bone health such as iron, phosphorous, calcium, magnesium and zinc. These minerals all contribute to bone building and maintenance.
  • Blood pressure: the good source of potassium found in potatoes naturally decreases blood pressure with the help of calcium and magnesium.
  • Heart health: the significant amount of fiber found in potatoes helps lower the total amount of cholesterol found in the blood, thereby reducing the risk of heart disease.
  • Inflammation: a nutrient called choline found in potatoes aids in reducing chronic inflammation.
  • Cancer: folate contained in potatoes plays an important role in DNA synthesis and repair, preventing the formation of cancer cells from DNA mutation.
  • Digestion and regularity: the fiber found in potatoes prevents constipation and promotes regularity for a healthy digestive tract.
  • Weight management: potatoes contain dietary fiber, which increases satiety and reduces appetite to make an individual feel fuller longer and promote weight loss.
  • Metabolism: the vitamin B6 found in potatoes aids in the breakdown of carbohydrates and proteins to release energy.
  • Skin: potatoes have a good source of vitamin C, which promotes the production and maintenance of collagen, which keeps skin smooth and undamaged.

This month go out and celebrate this underrated vegetable and enjoy all of the health benefits that come along with it.

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Source: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/280579.php

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