Potatoes, Potatoes!

Part of growing up was encountering the countless times of being told the importance of consuming fruits and vegetables daily. I know, because I’m now continuously encouraging Zeeka to be religious in adding these healthy and natural crops to her daily food intake. My husband and I have also seen the benefits of having fresh produce
on our plate.

Since we’re always on the go, we have to make sure what we’ve eaten will suffice our energy to tackle the day. Carbohydrates have a bad reputation when you want to lose weight. For weight watchers like me, I say carbohydrates aren’t that bad because its main function is to give you energy. It all boils down to moderation and balance in everything we consume coupled with proper exercise.

I’ve learned to eat more vegetables and protein often because I don’t want to sacrifice my health. It sure wasn’t easy on my end, but I know Zeeka will benefit how I started to change my perspective in eating what’s right.

Aside from the leafy greens, vibrant cherry tomatoes, and refreshing zucchini, the potato is a vital crop that contains a lot of nutritional value. What we get in our home are US Potatoes. We get US Potatoes from supermarkets like S&R, SM, Rustan’s, and Robinson’s.

Do you know how important eating potatoes are? Here are some facts you might have missed about this crop:

1. Potatoes are a great source of carbohydrates, potassium, and energy. One serving of potato has more potassium and energy than a banana. Also, it’s a better alternative than eating white rice or bread if you’re trying to start with an effective healthy diet.

2. Potatoes are fat-free, low in sodium, and cholesterol-free. I didn’t know that this power crop is also a great source of vitamin C!

3. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, potatoes are the leading vegetable crop in the United States! It’s also being hailed as the world’s fourth most consumed along with wheat, rice, and corn.

4. In the early 1950s, most Americans preferred to devour fresh potatoes. However, it gradually
changed when they were introduced to processed potatoes such as fries, wedges, and
hash browns. Processed potatoes have grown more favored when the technology to properly
freeze the vegetables improved.

5. Here in the Philippines, we’re usually exposed to russets. But in the US, there are thousands of potato varieties. These varieties are further classified to either Russet, white, yellow, purple, blue, fingerling, petite and red.

6. A key to fulfilling your weight loss goal is consuming foods that make you feel full longer.
According to Dr Jacquie Lavin, a weight-loss doctor for Slimming World, it’s better to eat complex carbohydrates like potatoes, rather than simple carbohydrates such as sugar or bread
which give a short energy boost and are usually followed by hunger pangs. Potatoes are one of the best options that can help reduce binge-eating.

You should take heed that the precise quantity of potatoes you’d consume has still to be
measured, a few good and suggested servings of potatoes daily would also help lower blood
pressure and cholesterol.

To know more about US Potatoes, you can visit this link: https://www.facebook.com/PotatoesUSAPhilippines/

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