When you think of “healthy vegetables” what comes to mind?
Everyone immediately pictures leafy green broccoli or stinky garlic cloves. Maybe even some raw carrots and crunchy kale. But what most people forget about is…the humble potato!
Yup. Believe it or not, potatoes are full of health benefits.
Stuffed with potato and onion, our pierogis aren’t just a yummy snack – they also contain members of an elite immune boosting squad – the potato!
What’s so special about spuds?
There’s a lot to love about potatoes.
For one thing, they are a key ingredient necessary in the making of Loaded Pierogies (duh!)
In addition, potatoes are special because of their versatile nature. Potatoes are easy to grow. They take approximately 80-100 days to reach full size. Best of all, they can be grown pretty much anywhere there is soil, making them a worldwide crop. Got dirt? Water? How about a container, pot, or bag? That’s all it takes to grow an army of edible potatoes.
Potatoes also play an important role in ending world hunger. Alongside rice and wheat, potatoes feed millions of people every day.
Special little spuds, indeed!
“Get Loaded” on nutrients and vitamins
Now, this blog is all about immune boosting. So, let’s put on our scientist hats for a minute and have a look at which nutrients and vitamins are found on the soft inside – and crinkly skin outside – of a potato.
First up, Vitamin C. As far as vegetables go, potatoes are surprisingly rich in Vitamin C. According to Potatoes USA, “a medium 5.3 oz skin on potato has 27 mg of vitamin C per serving, which is 30% of the daily value.” This produces white blood cells that protect us from infections – yuck!
Secondly, potatoes are packed with minerals such as iron, magnesium, potassium, and calcium. These minerals are important for maintaining healthy bones and muscles. It might not cross your mind to eat a potato instead of a banana, but on a per serving basis a potato contains 40% more potassium. Wow. Who knew?
The takeaway? Eat your potatoes to fight illness and avoid getting sick.
3 other benefits of eating potatoes (besides their deliciousness!)
They contain antioxidants Fancy words like “flavonoids,” “carotenoids,” and “phenolic acids” might not mean anything to you, but for your body they’re essential. Basically, these compounds scare off harmful molecules. To prevent nasty illnesses (like cancer and heart disease) we need antioxidants…and lots of them! A good source? You guessed it. The potato.
They improve digestive health Got stomach troubles? Tight digestive tract? Chances are, you need more fibre in your diet. Luckily, potatoes are full of it. Eating these versatile veggies can help promote good gut health.
They make us feel happy Obviously, eating tasty food is a cheerful experience! However, nutritionists have actually linked potatoes to the release of serotonin in the human brain. Since potatoes are so high in Vitamin B6 and carbohydrates, they also provide fast energy to the body. This in turn makes us happier, more energized, and gives a nice serotonin boost. Not bad, for a snack loaded with scrumptious toppings.
And there you have it, pierogi lovers!
We hope you enjoyed learning these incredible immune boosting facts about potatoes.
All the more reason to visit a Loaded Pierogi location near you!