What are the health benefits of purple potatoes? Prepare to be converted thanks to our fact-filled blog post on your new favourite potato variety.
Colourful food keeps life interesting. A classic ‘beige buffet’ may be full of the naughty treats we all enjoy, but when it comes to eating a healthy and balanced diet, it pays to add some colour to your plate.
Blueberries, tomatoes, broccoli – these colourful foods are known to bring us a range of health benefits. But can a firm (beige) favourite, the potato, also have its health benefits? Well, let us introduce you to purple potatoes. They could be just what you need to boost your health, and your business too.
No, we haven’t made a mistake, there is such a thing as a purple potato. And no, it’s not a beetroot.
Purple potatoes are similar to your simple spud, but they have a dark outer skin and purple flesh that retain their colour after cooking. They have an earthier taste compared to a white potato, and a denser texture.
Adding purple potato to your dish will certainly add colour, but they also bring a lot of health benefits, including:
Most colourful fruit and vegetables are rich in antioxidants. And the bright purple hue of purple potatoes signifies a lot of antioxidants. In fact, purple potatoes can have up to two to three times the antioxidant content of white potatoes.
Antioxidants can help maintain regular blood pressure levels, improve vision, reduce the risk of diabetes, cancer and other diseases.
Don’t believe the myth that the majority of a potato’s nutrients are found in the skin. Purple potatoes are rich in fibre, are mostly fat-free, and contain protein too. They also contain a lot of vitamins and minerals, which can help improve your body’s immunity and energy levels.
While carbohydrates, like those found in potatoes, can impact blood sugar levels. Purple potatoes, have a lower GI (glycemic index) of 77 compared to 93 in white potatoes, meaning they could be a better choice if you’re trying to maintain low blood sugar levels.
There have been studies into the impact of purple potatoes on heart health. Purple potatoes could help reduce blood pressure, helping to avoid many common cardiovascular problems.
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