FACT: One medium baked potato has only 674 kJ (161 cal) and 4g of filling fibre. Plus, chilled, cooked potato is packed with resistant starch, a fibrous substance that could help you lose weight. “If you keep portion sizes in check, and eat the fibre-rich skin, potatoes make a satisfying, nutritious, low-kilojoule side dish,” says dietitian Michelle Dudash. Potatoes are also a:
Natural disease fighter: When scientists from the Agricultural Research Service in the US tested more than 100 potato varieties, they discovered 60 different vitamins and phytochemicals. For starters, they found flavonoids (credited with improving heart health and protecting against lung and prostate cancers), including quercetin, which may boost immunity. So, show potatoes some love!
Healthy blood pressure booster: Potatoes are loaded with kukoamines, a phytochemical that helps lower blood pressure. And one medium baked potato (including the skin) provides 20 per cent of your daily potassium, a known hypertension fighter.
Try this: To make a fat-burning potato salad (is there a better kind?), boil new potatoes and, when cooked, remove from water and allow to cool. Cut into 1cm slices, then quarter. Toss in olive oil, red wine vinegar, Dijon mustard and chopped parsley. Or for a quick dinner, top a baked potato with vegetarian chilli instead of sour cream and cheese.
Sep 4, 2012