1. Baked, potatoes are virtually fat-free food.
2. They are a great source of carbohydrates, the main source of energy in the body (in fact. They should represent at least half the daily calories).
3. Potatoes are a good source of fiber (which helps regulate intestinal transit) and facilitate the digestive function. Cooked with skin contain more fiber, however, must be careful and not eat it if it is discolored or has marks.
4. The potatoes also provide vitamin C. Although there are many fruits and fruit juices containing vitamin C, no other starchy food contains such quantity as potatoes.
5. They also contain several vitamins B. These vitamins have many functions in the body, including an important role in the metabolism of carbohydrates to provide energy and maintain healthy skin and nervous system.
6 are also a good source of potassium, and contain small amounts of other minerals such as magnesium and iron.
7. Just do not contain sodium (which together with chloride forms salt). The health recommendations suggest not consume too much salt because of the relationship between sodium intake and the risk of high blood pressure (hypertension
8. The potatoes can be very useful for those who want to lose weight or keep from gaining. An average serving of cooked skinless (180 g) potato contains about 140 calories a much lower energy content than the same amount of cooked pasta (286 calories) or boiled rice (248 calories). However, these people should be careful because the energy content of the chips can be double or triple that of the boiled or roasted potatoes, making them less suitable for those wanting to lose weight.
9. Another interesting for those who want to gain weight aspect is that potatoes have a high satiety index. A study on the effects on satiety of different foods found that potatoes have a satiety index three times higher than the same amount of calories from white bread.
10. To those who must follow a gluten-free diet and can not eat many common foods such as bread, pasta and most breakfast cereals, potatoes are very important. They do not contain gluten and can be consumed freely by those who must avoid or prefer not to eat wheat for other reasons.