Potatoes are one of the world’s most popular natural foods, but unfortunately, a lot of people dismiss them as unhealthy due to their starchy nature. As fad diets push a low-carbohydrate lifestyle, people ditch potatoes and miss out on a wealth of nutritional benefits. Potatoes are part of the nightshade family, and were even thought to be poisonous thousands of years ago!
When cooked in a smart, healthy way (that means no French fries or baked potatoes smothered in sour cream), potatoes contain a lot of vitamin B6, potassium, and fibre. Vitamin B6 is essential for the formation of new cells, making it important throughout your whole body, including your nervous system. Potassium has been known to be good for regulating blood pressure. When it comes to dietary fibre, keep the skin on your potatoes! Most of the fibre is found in the skin.
Most people associate potatoes with comfort food, like French fries and loaded baked potatoes. To get the most out of your potato, avoid frying it and topping it with unhealthy condiments. Try a simple mashed potato dish with some chives and olive oil! We like to roast our potatoes and pair them with eggs and broccoli, like in our Farmhouse Skillet.