Organic potatoes go back thousands of years and have been raised in the high mountains of Peru and other South American countries for ages, in fact going back over 10,000 years. There are thousands of varieties of potatoes from red potatoes to purple, and everything in between. And now they are grown in just about every country around the world. In fact the lowly potato is the most widely grown root veggie in the world.
And organic potatoes have lots of great healing abilities that most people take for granted. In fact organic potatoes have a bad rap because they are always surrounded with lots of oil, and are usually deep fried, and then all the cheese and sauces are added which make them deadly. But organic potatoes by themselves are very healthy, and we just need to adjust our cooking methods. And if potatoes are consumed in moderation they can be a wonderful and beneficial food for the body.
Most Americans eat over 120 pounds of potatoes a year. And in other countries such as Germany they consume about 240 pounds of potatoes a year.
Relatively Low in Calories – An average potato only contains about 110 calories and they are very filling… making them great for any diet.
Eating Organic Potatoes is Important – Regular potatoes contain lots of herbicides and pesticides. In fact they are high on the list of veggies which contain lots of chemicals… thus organic potatoes are the best way to enjoy this wonderful food.
Toxins in Regular Potatoes – In fact regular potatoes contain 6 or 7 different neurotoxins, 7 reproductive toxins, 6 cancer causing agents, and 12 chemicals which cause problems with our hormones. So it’s vitally important that we eat organic potatoes for the health and welfare of our children and our own health. And now we have GMO potatoes emerging on the market which are even more toxic. PLEASE EAT ORGANIC POTATOES!
More Potassium than Bananas – A regular size potato contains more potassium than bananas, making it great for cardiovascular health and water regulation.
Preventing Kidney Stones and Gout – Potatoes contain lots of magnesium which help to prevent kidney stones and the build up of uric acid which causes gout.
Helps with Inflammation – Because potatoes also contain Vitamin C and B Vitamins they are also a great anti-inflammatory food if used in moderation.
No Fat or Cholesterol – Potatoes are fat free and cholesterol free and thus are really a great health food which most people can enjoy.
Great for Healthy Skin – Potatoes contain B Vitamins plus Vitamins C and A, zinc and phosphorus making them great for healthy looking skin.
Lowers Blood Pressure – Potatoes contain kukoamines which are also found in some Chinese Medicinal Herbs that lower blood pressure. And when cooking potatoes this compound does not degraded with heat… thus being able to lower blood pressure. Well of course as long as we don’t deep fry them… or fill them with fats.
Lots of B Vitamins – Potatoes contain lots of B Vitamins which are important for vitality, athletic performance, good mood and for building and maintaining a healthy nervous system.
Raw Potato Juice an Amazing Healing Agent – Raw potato juice is a powerful healing agent. From alkalizing the body, to soothing the GI tract and healing gastric ulcers, potato juice is a potent healer. See link to full article about the healing qualities of raw potato juice – https://paulhaider.wordpress.com/2012/10/03/12-benefits-of-potato-juice-a-very-healthy-drink/
Cardiovascular Health – Potatoes also contain compounds that lowers homocysteine levels. Homocysteine is an agent that causes atherosclerosis and is associated with heart attacks and strokes… thus eating potatoes can lower a persons chances of having cardiovascular challenges.
Phosphorus – And the lowly potato also contains lots of great phosphorus for strong bones.
Alpha Lipoic Acid – Potatoes also contain this life giving compound which helps our bodies convert food to glucose, and it’s very important for a powerful metabolism. And alpha lipoic acid also helps to protect our cardiovascular system, our eyes, and helps to prevent diabetes.
Quercetin – Potatoes contain Quercetin which is a very powerful antioxidant that can help to prevent free radical damage and thus inflammation and disease.
Vitamin C – Potatoes also contain Vitamin C which is important for preventing colds, flues, and for preventing DNA damage. One average baked potato contains 45% of our Vitamin C needs for the day.
Copper – Potatoes also contain a good amount of copper for preventing anemia.
Sodium Free Food – Potatoes are totally sodium free making them great for those who are on salt free diets.
Fiber – And potatoes contain a lot of fiber making them important for creating a good environment for the growth of probiotic bacteria. Probiotic bacteria are important for boost our immune system and preventing disease.
Cancer Prevention – Potatoes also contain lots of powerful antioxidants such as quercetin which help to prevent cancer.
Collagen – Potatoes contain collagen which is important for healthy skin and collagen makes up most of our connective tissue. For getting rid of wrinkles collagen is very important.
Leave the Skins On – A lot of vitamins, minerals, and fiber are found in potato skins, so wether you are baking or roasting potatoes make sure you leave on the skins.
The Best Way to Cook Organic Potatoes – Baking is the best way to cook potatoes. When boiled most of the nutrients of potatoes go down the drain with the water. Also steaming is another good way to cook potatoes with very little loss of nutrients. So skip the frying, and try a baked potato with a little bit of organic olive oil on it, or my favorite dipping a baked potato into balsamic vinegar… yummy.
I really don’t fry anything, so when it’s possible to convert any fried recipe into something that is lower in calories, and full of nutrition… I always do. Frying destroys most of the nutrients and vitamins in everything. Thus the nutrient value of fried potatoes is very low but the fat content is very high. Try roasting, baking, steaming, and other methods of cooking for nutrient rich organic potatoes which will do your body good.
Eat Potatoes in Moderation – Organic Potatoes contain lots if good carbs so they will pack the pounds if consumed in large amounts. So eat organic potatoes in moderation and enjoy their health benefits without gaining weight.
Dr. Paul Haider – Master Herbalist
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