11 Facts That You Did Not Know About The Potato

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Potato harvestPhoto by Tommy Hemmert Olesen
1. The potato is the ecologically clean food. It is easy and cheap to grown potatoes. For its cultivation you dont need fertilizer or pesticides (although many farmers still use it).
2. Potato is good for health, provided that it is not consumed in roasted form.
3. Potatoes is perfect for crops in poor countries. This cheap and nutritious food grow even in poor weather conditions.
4. Potato is the first food that is successfully grown in space.
5. The amount of phenolic compounds in potatoes can compete with broccoli and spinach. Flavonoids from potato protect against heart and vascular diseases, as respiratory diseases and cancer .
6. English scientists have found a special ingredient in potatoes – kukoamin – which protects against high blood pressure.
7. 2008. was declared as the year of the potato. The UN believes that the potato is the food of the future, which could suppress hunger in the world.
8. There is more than 1,000 types of potatoes. Potato is the fourth most grown crops in the world. This food is now used in every part of the world.
9. Europeans consume twice as many potatoes than Americans.
10. During the gold rush in the Klondike potatoes were used as currency. Potato was so appreciated for its high content of vitamin C that they have changed it for gold.
11. Potato chips is the best selling snack worldwide.
Nutritional characteristics:
Potato is one of the most nutrient-rich plants in the world.
Potatoes have less calories than bread, rice and pasta.
Potato contains more potassium than bananas.
Potato contains iron wich is more usable than in any other vegetable.
Potato contain very complex carbohydrates and healthy fiber.
Potatoes are a good source of B vitamins, magnesium, phosphorus and niacin.
Potato contains no fat and cholesterol.
Several potatoes cover the daily required amount of vitamin C.


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