POTATOES: GOOD OR BAD FOR OUR HEALTH?

Potatoes are the first vegetable crop in the United States and the fourth most used crop in the world, behind rice. They can be consumed in a form of French fries or mashed potato, and they are usually thought as comfort food. See the good and bad factors about the potato and dealing with each.

Good factors:

Potatoes are high in vitamins C and B6, manganese, phosphorus, niacin and pantothenic acid. Vitamin B6 is responsible for the nervous system that helps the brain cell activity. Potatoes also help in proper cardiovascular functions. Vitamin B6 is also good in building your body cells. It can help in breaking down glycogen that gives athletes energy and endurance and it helps in maintaining a healthy blood pressure.

Bad factors:

According to a study by Harvard University, potatoes are linked to being a good contributor of weight gain. This is when one keeps on consuming French fries, which is considered one of the unhealthiest foods. The regular consumption of potato chips can also increase weight.

But,when prepared the right way, potatoes can be very healthy.  For example, if you will keep on eating French fries all day long, of course you will be unhealthy and gain weight in no time. But if you choose to consume baked or boiled potato, consumed with olive oil, it will be good for your body.

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