Purple Potatoes are surprisingly healthy
(NaturalHealth365) There is a better solution to high blood pressure and obesity – just switch from white to purple potatoes. This golf ball size potato is a perfect fit for the potato loving crowd looking to stay healthy. (just watch those toppings!)
The choice of potatoes at the supermarket is limited considering there are thousands of varieties of potatoes from deep red to purple, and they all have some different nutritional components. The differences in color between varieties are basically differences in the carotenoid and flavonoid content.
The health benefit of colors
Colorful potatoes provide carotenoids which are not found in the white variety. The darker the flesh of even yellow potatoes the greater quantity of carotenoids, in the worldwide market darker hued potatoes are the norm.
The beauty of purple runs deep
Purple potatoes have deep violet ink colored skin and flesh, and the hue depends on their variety. They are usually smaller in size because they are often harvested when young. The taste is slightly nutty and they have a special appeal to those that like to sample more exotic fruits and vegetables.
Purple potatoes are a staple in South America and many of their dishes are reflective of their popularity. Purple potatoes are the one starch that doesn’t add pounds, while providing the antioxidant, anthocyanin, the same flavonoid that is found in red and purple produce such as berries and pomegranates.
Potatoe news gets better and better
It was the purple potato’s nutritional value and energy giving properties that made the potato a celebrated staple of the American diet. The popularity of the potato soared in the late 20th and early 21st century due to the potatoes ability to provide low cost calories and nutrition.
Research out of the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania showed that the purple potato can help lower blood pressure, without causing weight gain. The research, conducted by Joe Vinson, tracked 18 overweight individuals who were hypertensive and either had them eat six to eight small purple potatoes with the skin, at both lunch and dinner or no potatoes for four weeks as part of their everyday diet for four weeks. Then, each group switched routines – so both groups got to try the purple potatoes.
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On average diastolic blood pressure (the bottom number) dropped by 4.3 percent and the systolic blood pressure (the top number) dropped by 3.5 percent. None of the participants gained any weight while indulging in the purple potatoes.
There are about 700 varieties of potatoes native to a Spanish Colonial city high in the Andies called Parque de la Papa (Potato Park) and many of these potatoes never get to market. The purple potato is a variety that is resistant to disease and able to withstand harsh conditions, with this in mind there should be no limit to its use as a sustainable food source.
Purple potatoes have a place not only in our diets, but in our commitment to environmental responsibility. Since, these are either in the market near you or coming soon, welcome them into your home – you’ll be glad you did.
Blanche has been a student of natural healing modalities for the last 25 years. She had the privilege of working with some of the greatest minds in Natural Healing including Naturopaths, Scientist, and Energy Healers. Having seen people miraculously heal from all kinds of dis-ease through non-invasive methods, her passion now is to help people become aware of what it takes to be healthy.