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    The vegetable that is most frequently consumed worldwide is the potato. However, with all the negative publicity surrounding this starchy vegetable, many individuals frequently question the advantages of potatoes. In Hindi, potatoes are often referred to as “Aloo,” and they come in a combination of sizes, colors, and forms. Its scientific name is Solanum tuberosum. Generally, potatoes are classified as “poor foods” for the body. However, this is a myth! Potatoes may be healthy for you if you only eat them in moderation. and is one of the superfoods. In this article, we will discuss various health benefits of potatoes.

    Synonyms of Potato

    • Solanum tuberosum
    • Aaloo

    Nutritional Facts of Potato

    One medium potato contains:

    Calories:265
    Fat:0 grams
    Carbohydrates:61 grams
    Fiber:4 grams
    Sugar:5 grams
    Protein:6 grams

    Phytochemical Constituents of Potato

    • Phenolic acids 
    • Flavonoids 
    • Flavonols and anthocyanins

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    Therapeutic Uses of Potato

    • Gluten-Free

    Many grains such as barley rye and wheat contain gluten; it is a type of protein. When gluten is consumed, those who are gluten intolerant or allergic to it may experience severe symptoms. Stomach ache, diarrhea, constipation, bloating, and skin rashes are a few symptoms.

    In addition to providing energy and other necessary elements like magnesium, potassium, and calcium, potatoes are naturally gluten-free.

     

    • Energy Booster

    According to sources, eating potatoes daily would be beneficial for increased vitality and power. This is due to the tuber’s abundance of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients, as well as its powerhouse of crucial chemical components. There is a lot of phosphorus, manganese, potassium, and magnesium in the minerals present in potatoes. In addition, studies have revealed that the tuber has adequate amounts of zinc, copper, and iron, which support healthy bodily function.

     

    • Help in Scurvy

    Experts claim that vitamin C in potatoes can be used to treat scurvy. Appreciation of the magnesium, and vitamins in potatoes, even rheumatic aches can be relieved. The amount of alleviation from the pains and inflammations can be much reduced, consistent if you use the water that potatoes were boiled in as a syrup or topically.

     

    • Healthy Digestion

    Resistant starch, which is abundant in potatoes and serves as sustenance for the gut’s beneficial bacteria. These bacteria aid in far more efficient digestion of the food. They also include a lot of dietary fiber, which contributes to the bulk of a regular bowel movement. Combining these qualities helps to maintain healthy digestion and guards against constipation, inflammation, and other gastrointestinal issues.

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    Home Remedies Potato

    • Heals Sunburns

    Sunburns can be cured easily with vegetables. Simply apply cold potato slices to the skin’s irritated regions. After about 20 minutes, take them off. Additionally, potato juice may be applied directly. You feel calmer after doing this, and your tan even vanishes.

     

    • Aids in Dark Circles

    Dark circles beneath the eyes can be eliminated by using a potato. You can simply have a peeled raw potato cut into big, even pieces.

    For around 20 minutes, place them over your dark circles while they are wrapped in fresh cloth. Wash your eyes gently with warm water.

     

    • Treats Hyperpigmentation

    Using potatoes is one of the simplest ways to treat pigmentation and dark spots. Simply grate a potato and combine it with besan, also known as gram flour, in a bowl. Put on your face with the thick mixture, then let it dry. Wash with cold water to experience the difference.

     

    • Cures Gastronomical Issues

    Acidity, bloating, and indigestion are frequent symptoms of gastritis that are helped by this remedy raw potato juice aids in relieving these sensations. If eaten for a fortnight, just one to two tablespoons of juice can help with the majority of these symptoms.

    Ayurvedic Aspects of Potato

    Potatoes are regarded by Ayurveda as a healthy food that everyone can eat, however Vata dosha dominant persons should take care of it. Because they are hardy and hard to digest, it is recommended for people with vata doshas to eat them with special care as these people have less digestive fire or we say in ayurveda terms less agni power to digest them.

    According to Ayurveda, potatoes are calming and have Kashaya (astringent) or drying flavor and a Sheeta (cool) and Madhur (sweet) taste. Potatoes that are raw or have green interiors are dangerous and should be avoided. 

     

    Daily Dose: One medium-sized potato can be included in a healthy diet each day.

    Side Effects of Potatoes

    • Obesity

    Many nutrients, which are thought to help gain weight, are found in potatoes. Additionally, experts advise against consuming potatoes because of their high weight. Such individuals should refrain from eating potatoes, whether they are fried or not, as boiling potatoes can also contribute to weight gain. Consume potatoes in very modest amounts if you gain weight fastly.

     

    • High Blood Pressure

    Because potatoes contain a lot of carbohydrates, there is a potential that eating them will raise blood pressure. Potato consumption in moderation is not dangerous, but excessive consumption may be harmful.

    References

    1. Cleveland Clinic: “Improving Your Health with Fiber.”
    2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4926369/

    Article Written By: Dr. Sahil Gupta, Ayurvedic Allergy Specialist

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