Mashed, baked, roasted — there are many ways to prepare potatoes, making them a great go-to food you can incorporate into almost any meal. An added bonus? A staple of any grocery store, potatoes have some fantastic health benefits. Read on to find out how the spuds on your plate can boost your well-being.
Here are just some of the ways potatoes can benefit you:
- Rich in Water: Did you know water accounts for up to 80% of a potato’s weight? The belief that potatoes lead to weight gain is largely unfounded, as they are largely water-based, contributing to a hydrated body.
- Packed With Minerals: Potatoes are rich in essential minerals, including potassium, calcium, iron, and phosphorous. These minerals are highest in the potato's skin and just beneath it, so don’t skimp on eating the skin!
- Great Source of Carbohydrates: Potatoes predominantly contain carbs, which are a great source of energy. They are also easy to stomach and facilitate digestion, making them great for people with delicate tummies.
- Strong Source of Vitamins: If you’re looking for some vitamin-rich produce in your grocery store, don’t discount potatoes! They contain many essential vitamins as well. They are known for having large amounts of vitamin C in particular, and also contain vitamins A and B.
In addition to these health benefits, potatoes also have some practical advantages. They are harvested all over the world every month of the year, meaning you can get fresh potatoes all throughout the year. They are also relatively cheap and very versatile. Last but not least, they’re a universal favorite. Even a finicky toddler can’t say “no” to a tasty tater tot! The next time you’re at the grocery store, don’t hesitate to reach for the potatoes.
If you’re looking for seasonal fresh produce in Monroe County, look to Cranberry Country Market. This country store offers an array of in season fruits and vegetables, including white potatoes. Visit their website or call the Tomah, WI, grocery store directly at (608) 374-4944 to find out more about their products. You can also connect with them on Facebook.