The potato is one of the most versatile and popular vegetables. This tuber is a staple in kitchens around the world. Get the printable potato coloring pages here.
The potato is an edible tuber native to the mountainous regions of the Andes in South America. The plant has been cultivated for more than 10,000 years, since the time of the Inca empire.
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Nutritional Aspects of Potatoes
An eye also on calories, a portion of boiled potatoes provides 170 kcal, roasted 300 kcal, and fried 370 kcal.
Besides being a source of carbohydrates, potatoes contain interesting amounts of vitamins and minerals. One serving covers almost a third of the daily requirement of potassium.
In addition, the cultivation of potatoes in soils rich in selenium results in a higher concentration of the mineral within them.
All the nutritional characteristics and preparation suggestions listed above are also valid for the sweet potato or American potato, which belongs to another botanical family, the Convolvulaceae.
The variety of Ipomoea batatas with purple skin and pulp is differentiated by its anthocyanins, carotenoids, and vitamin A content.
Anthocyanins and carotenoids are phytocompounds, compounds present in plants, which more and more scientific research shows play a role in the maintenance of health.
Moreover, in laboratory studies, anthocyanins also seem to influence aging genes by promoting longevity and discouraging cardiovascular and oncological diseases.