Potato belongs to the nightshade family.
Potato is the world's most widely grown tuber crop, and the fourth largest food crop in terms of fresh produce, after rice, wheat, and maize.
Nutritionally, potatoes are best known for their carbohydrate content. Potatoes contain a number of important vitamins and minerals and to benefit from these nutrients, should be consumed with their skin on.
Potatoes are a very popular food source. Unfortunately, most people eat potatoes in the form of greasy French fries or potato chips, and even baked potatoes are typically loaded down with fats such as butter, sour cream, melted cheese and fatty bacon bits. If you take away the extra fat and deep frying, then a baked potato is an exceptionally healthful low calorie, high fiber food that offers significant protection against cardiovascular disease and cancer.
A medium potato provides vitamin C, potassium, vitamin B6 and trace amounts of thiamin, riboflavin, folate, niacin, magnesium, phosphorus, iron, and zinc. Potatoes are known as the foods people crave when they are stressed. This is true, the carbs in potatoes help make space for tryptophan by increasing the insulin levels. This, in turn, boosts the serotonin level in the brain. High serotonin levels help boost your mood and help you feel calm
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.
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To buy fresh potatoes, we recommend 2 places:
Harris Farm Markets