Purple Peruvian Potatoes = Health Benefits
Unfortunately, the potato has an unwarranted negative reputation that has led many health-conscious people to eliminate them from their diets. While white potatoes are not the best choice, there are a wide variety of potatoes that have many health benefits.
People typically think of potatoes as “fattening, high-carb, non-nutritious, empty calories.” In reality, when potatoes are simply prepared steamed, without frying and served without butter, margarine or sour cream, one potato has only 110 calories and provides healthful phytochemicals and vitamins. The more colorful your foods are the more nutrients they contain, making a purple, orange or yellow potato nutrient power houses.
What Are Purple Potatoes?
Often called Peruvian potatoes, purple potatoes were considered the food of gods by Incan kings in Peru. Today science is showing that the health benefits of Peruvian potatoes stand up to those accolades. Today there are many variety of purple potatoes and they can be purchased at many conventional grocery stores, often as fingerling (baby) potatoes.
Purple potatoes taste almost like a white potato as opposed to a sweet potato. Potatoes that are orange, yellow or purple have phytochemicals in quantities that compare to broccoli, spinach and Brussels sprouts.
Health Benefits Of Peruvian Potatoes
Two servings of purple potatoes each day could reduce blood pressure without causing weight gain, according to new research.** In addition, they possess anti-cancer flavonoids and heart-protective effects, as well as benefits such as boosting the immune system and protecting against age-related memory loss. The USDA has stated that the darker potatoes have 4 times more antioxidants than white potatoes.
Cooking Purple Potatoes
Cook your purple potatoes as you would any other potato. They make a terrific healthy potato salad and should be included in a natural healthy diet.
**242nd National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society
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