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Baked Potatoes

Post  forumtester on Tue May 08, 2018 3:41 pm

Potatoes are a popular vegetable which are rich in carbohydrates that supply energy. They are low in fat and protein content.

Potatoes are a rich source of potassium, having an even higher concentration of this essential mineral than bananas. Potassium is essential for cell maintenance and growth. It also plays an important role in muscle contraction including the heart muscle. Dehydration leads to loss of potassium in the body and can cause electrolyte imbalance and muscle cramps. Including potatoes as a part of your daily diet helps replenish levels of this important mineral. Potatoes are a good source of vitamins B6, C, potassium, copper and manganese. They contain a range of phytonutrients that have antioxidant properties that protect the body from free radicals.

The healthiest way to eat potatoes is to bake them. Baking preserves a substantial proportion of the nutrient content. A plain baked potato has high dietary fibre that offers protection against cardiovascular disease and cancer. Baked potatoes also contain high levels of vitamin C and vitamin B6. These are important nutrients, helping in a diverse range of activities like blood clotting and wound healing and healthy immune and nervous systems. They also help in the conversion of food into energy.

The number of calories in baked potato depends on their size. One medium sized baked potato measuring three inches in diameter will contain about 150 calories. The number of calories in one small baked potato that measures two inches in diameter will be about 130 calories. The number of calories in a large baked potato will also depend upon the method of preparation. Toppings like sour cream, butter and cheese add a lot of extra calories. Some dishes are healthy while others are high in fat and calories. The side effects of a baked potato usually stem from the toppings used which add to the calorie count and the fat content.

Baked potato has a high glycemic index of 85, which means that it impacts blood sugar levels in a manner similar to sugar. However, eating it along with other foods like broccoli can lower its glycemic index.


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