Why potatoes are good for us

Potatoes have long been underrated as the “vegetable” of people who hate vegetables. It’s like a running joke. When people who don’t eat vegetables are called out, they’ll say they eat potatoes and those are vegetables. Then everyone laughs it off. Well for starters, potatoes are actually vegetables. According to this website, since potatoes are grown as a vegetable crop, taxed as a vegetable crop, and cooked and eaten like other vegetables, it is a vegetable. That’s nutritionally, horticulturally, and legally speaking.

US PotatoesPersonally, I love potatoes.

us_potatoes_nutrition2Did you know that potatoes are more energy-packed than other popular vegetables and have more potassium than a banana? They’re also an excellent source of Vitamin C and Vitamin B6. One 5.2 oz. potato has approximately 110 calories, making it a low-calorie yet filling snack option. Naturally free of fat, sodium, and cholesterol, it’s definitely healthy.

us_potatoes_nutrition3I love the versatility of potatoes. They go well with almost anything from meat to other vegetables and spices. You can make so,many flavorful dishes with potatoes. Plus people, especially children, seem to love them.

I have two growing kids at home who are hungry all the time. They love it when I serve potato dishes like Poutine or Algamja-jorim. I’m only too happy to indulge them because potatoes are nutritious, delicious, and satisfying. Incorporating potatoes into kids’ meals helps them benefit from all the goodness potatoes have to offer:

  • Eating potatoes ensures a good supply of water and ions in the body because they are rich in potassium.
  • Potatoes contain calcium, iron, and phosphorus aside from potassium, Vitamin C, and Vitamin B6.
  • A study has found that potatoes provide 7% of the recommended daily value of fiber. Fiber is essential for growth, development, and overall health of children.
  • Potatoes can help restore electrolyte balance. Electrolytes are necessary for optimum body function, and having too few can cause cramps. If you or your kids are athletic, it’s all the more reason to eat potatoes.

So you see, potatoes are actually good for us. They may seem like an indulgence because they’re so yummy, but they’re just as healthy as other vegetables! That said, don’t think twice about cooking and serving potatoes at home.

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  • Reply Kim @ Mom On Duty January 16, 2018 at 1:22 pm

    I AM DROOLING! Sarap nung photo ng fries.

  • Reply Nerisa January 17, 2018 at 10:40 am

    Potatoes can be a good alternative for rice if magdadiet. The fries with toppings look delicious.

  • Reply Ma.Me.Mi.Mommy January 18, 2018 at 2:49 pm

    Oooh, I love potatoes! I can skip the rice but never the potatoes. Those fries look extra yummy!

  • Reply Czjai Reyes-Ocampo January 18, 2018 at 10:38 pm

    OMG those fries look super yummy! My son loves anything with potatoes – French fries, potato salad, chicken curry, even gamjatang! 🙂

  • Reply edel January 20, 2018 at 12:08 am

    We love potatoes at home, too and it would make my daughter happy to eat it every day. She loves mashed potato or even boiled potato. Also, a friend who plays badminton regularly was advised by her coach to eat more potatoes instead of rice.

  • Reply May Palacpac January 20, 2018 at 8:23 am

    We love potatoes. We love dishes that include potatoes. I actually prefer potatoes over rice. But lately we’ve been trying to cut down on our carbs consumption kasi nasobrahan sa patatas haha.

  • Reply Maan January 20, 2018 at 9:00 pm

    I love potatoes! I will eat any potato-based recipe lol. Your poutine looks so yummy!

  • Reply Ana Liza Benetua January 22, 2018 at 11:51 am

    I like potatoes. I like how it goes well with home made stews. Generally I like it fried crispy, and I eat it as a snack, slightly salted. I feel hungry all of a sudden.

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