We all know potatoes very well. We eat potatoes almost everyday. In the form of french fries, crisps or chips, We love eating potatoes. Isn’t it? So, Now Let’s find out what happens when you only eat potatoes.
POTATO BIOGRAPHY 🙂
Raw potato is 79% water, 17% carbohydrates (88% of which is starch), 2% protein, contains negligible fat (table). In a 100 grams (3.5 oz) amount, raw potato provides 322 kilojoules (77 kilocalories) and is a rich source of vitamin B6 and vitamin C(23% and 24% of the Daily Value, respectively), with no other nutrients in significant amount (table). When a potato is baked, contents of vitamin B6 and vitamin C decline with little significant change in other nutrients.
WHAT IF YOU ONLY ATE POTATOES
THE GOOD SIDE…
- Your bones will be very strong. The high content of Zinc, Magnesium and phosphorus will make your bones very healthy and strong.
- Potatoes will keep you away from Cardiac diseases because it is also rich in Vitamin C and Vitamin B6 content.
- It keeps your blood pressure balanced.
- It keeps you away from cancer. Potatoes contain folate. Folate plays a role in DNA synthesis and repair, and so it prevents many types of cancer cells from forming due to mutations in the DNA.
- Potatoes makes your digestion better and helps prevent constipation.
- Vitamin C in potato works as an antioxidant to help prevent damage caused by the sun, pollution, and smoke. Vitamin C also helps collagen smooth wrinkles and improve overall skin texture.
THE BAD SIDE
1. May Cause Obesity
If you would like to enjoy a healthy life, then you have to make sure that you are maintaining an ideal weight.If you are underweight, then you can definitely include potatoes to your diet because they are loaded with carbohydrates and eating 100 grams of potatoes provide around 77 kcals of energy. However, excessive intake of potatoes is bad and must be avoided.
2. Not So Good For Our Digestive System
Regular and moderate consumption of potatoes have been found to be very beneficial for our stomach and helps in keeping our digestive system healthy.
This benefit of potato is mainly because of the presence of dietary fibres in them.
The dietary fibers present in the potatoes act as a natural laxative, improves bowel movement, and ensure smooth elimination of waste from our body, and thus provide relief from constipation and other digestive problems like abdominal pain, bloating, indigestion, flatulence etc.This is because too many dietary fibres are bad for our digestive health, and give rise to digestive problems like abdominal cramping, diarrhoea, malabsorption, constipation, diarrhoea, intestinal gas, intestinal blockage etc.
3. May Cause Hypotension
Eating potatoes on a regular basis has been found to be very beneficial for providing relief from high blood pressure or hypertension.
Although, potatoes are effective in controlling hypertension, still, it is better to eat them in moderation.This is because excessive intake of potassium in our body can lower our blood pressure to a dangerously low level, and give rise to hypotension.
Hypotension is a condition in which our blood pressure drops down to an abnormally low level, and is characterized by the symptoms like fatigue, lightheadedness, dizziness, nausea, clammy skin, depression, blurry vision etc.
In addition to this, if you are already taking medication for controlling high blood pressure, then overeating potatoes can interfere with the medication and may increase the risk of hypotension.
For this reason, it is better to eat potatoes in moderation, and if you are on medication, then eat them as per your doctor’s advice.
4. Too Many Antioxidants Are Bad
Phe antioxidants like Vitamin C, Vitamin E and other antioxidantal compounds present in the potatoes provides a number of benefits.
They fight against the free radicals in our body, stabilizes them and prevents them from causing oxidative damage to our body, and thus reduces the risk of several types of cancers, and as well as helps in keeping premature ageing at bay.
5. Not So Good For Diabetic Patients
Potatoes have been found to be “not so beneficial” for the diabetic individuals or for those who are at the risk of developing diabetes.
This health risk of potatoes is mainly because of the high glycemic index of potatoes. Potatoes have a high glycemic index which means, it releases sugar into the bloodstream at a faster rate and can lead to dramatic elevation of sugar level in the bloodstream.