Potatoes, rich in nutrients

Often given bad press due to its association with the humble chip or french fry, potatoes are a fantastic source of vitamins and nutrients.

Potatoes are a staple food in the UK, with hundreds of varieties available to the gardener throughout the year.

potatoesThe recipe uses are a varied as the varieties, from chips and the Sunday roastie to soups and casseroles.

The potato may not look the most appetising vegetable on the rack but it’s nutritional value is often underestimated.  High in vitamin C, B6 and potassium, they provide nutrients for healthy bones and nervous system whilst helping to regulate blood pressure.

Low in fat and having no cholesterol, potatoes have only 115.5Kcal per 175g serving and are a great source of fibre. Rich in carbohydrates, they also provides energy and fuel for the brain.

Potato nutritional information

per 175g % daily value
Vitamin B1 0.23mg 16% Releases energy from carbohydrate
Vitamin B6 0.58mg 30% Vital for a healthy nervous system
Vitamin C 15.75mg 44% Needed for healthy bones, teeth, gums, skin & hair
Fibre 2.6g 14% For a healthy digestive system
Folate 33mcg 16% Needed for healthy blood and to make new cells and proteins
Iron 2.8mcg 20% For healthy blood
Magnesium 31.5mg 11% Helps build strong bones and teeth
Potassium 735mg 22% Needed to control a healthy blood pressure
Calories 115.5Kcal 6% Low calorie
Fat 0.5g 0.7% Low fat

More information

Vegetable Garden Guide – How to grow potatoes

JBA Seed Potatoes – A leading supplier of Scottish seed potatoes, including many heritage varieties.

The Potato Council UK – Great recipes and cooking information

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