I was shocked and amazed while watching television the other night. During a commercial break a new product was being advertised to consumers, I couldn't believe what they will come up with! This particular ad was advertising mashed potatoes, but in powder form which you buy in a packet. Now how beneficial would this actually be to your body?
Here are same interesting facts about potatoes:
- Organic potatoes contain a higher content of nutritionally significant minerals with higher amounts of vitamin C, iron, magnesium, and phosphorus and significantly less nitrates and heavy metals than conventional crops.
- Potatoes are also a great source of vitamin B6, copper, potassium, antioxidants and dietary fibre.
- The starch in them is readily digestible and converted into glucose.
- Potatoes contain a variety of phytonutrients that have antioxidant activity. Photonutrients are potent antioxidants that can neutralize free radical damage. Free radicals are highly reactive chemical substances that, if left unchecked, can lead to premature aging and disease.
- Conventionally grown potatoes are known to be among the top vegetables that contain a high concentration of pesticide residue . It is recommended that you eat only organically grown potatoes in order to reduce the risk of sickness caused by pesticides.
- Potatoes are good for stomach ulcer, duodenum ulcer and stomach acidity and offer a significant protection against cardiovascular disease and cancer.
- Potatoes should be eaten with their skins, as most of the nutrients are concentrated just under the skin.
- Potatoes are a low calorie, high fibre food.
Now that we know something about the benefits of potatoes lets take a look at the best way to store them and what to look for when choosing potatoes.
- While conventional potatoes are stored in a plastic bag, this is not the correct way for storage as this causes a build up of moisture that can negatively affect the potatoes. Potatoes should always be placed in paper bags.
- Never store potatoes near onions, as the gases that they each emit will cause both vegetables to deteriorate.
- Keep potatoes in a cool, dark, dry place. Remember the higher temperatures, (even room temperature), will cause the potatoes to sprout and dehydrate prematurely.
- Potatoes should never be exposed to sunlight, this can cause the development of toxic alkaloid SOLANINE to form (when the potato becomes green, the green colour is chlorophyll, which is not harmful, however the same process of photosynthesis that produces chlorophyll also produces compounds called glycoalkaloids, such as SOLANINE, that is toxic in large amounts) this has been found to not only impart an undesirable taste, but can also cause a host of different health conditions such as circulatory and respiratory depression, headaches and diarrhea. Cut away and discard any green portions before cooking.
- Potatoes should never be stored in the fridge as this causes their starch content to turn into sugar, giving an undesirable taste.
- When choosing potatoes make sure they are well-shaped, relatively smooth and firm. Avoid potatoes with wrinkled skins, soft dark spots, cut surfaces or a green appearance.
- Conventional stores will offer already cleaned potatoes. This should be avoided as when their protective coating is removed by washing, potatoes are more vulnerable to bacteria.
At the Organic Grocer, we offer as our main type and most popular potato the Sebago. When you're not sure of what potato to buy the Sebago potatoes are a good "all-purpose" potato - it can by mashed, fried, baked or boiled.
All potatoes at the Organic Grocer are inspected, unwashed and stored in paper bags so they come to you, the consumer, in top form!