February – Potato Lover’s Month

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Potato is one of the most widely consumed root vegetables around the world in one or the other form. It’s about time we celebrate them in our foodie world for the amazing health benefits it has to offer. Seemingly February is not all about chocolates, candy hearts, and roses, but is a month to celebrate the healthy and humble potato as well.

Whether it is mashed, stuffed, baked, roasted or fried, people usually consider potatoes as comfort food which is an important staple as well for many, mainly due to its year-round availability.

With regards to the health benefits of this well-liked vegetable, it is to be noted that before its extensive popularity, potato was previously believed to be poisonous and inedible. Only later it was discovered to be a nutritious universal crop produced and sold at a cheaper rate compared to other veggies. Even now potatoes really don’t have a good reputation because of the unhealthy ways of eating them in the form of chips and fries.

We have been told that if a food lacks colour it will probably be lacking some nutrients as well. However, potatoes beg to differ. It contains a wealth of health benefits that make them, even more, an essential dietary staple.

Potatoes are good source of vitamins, potassium, copper, phosphorus, manganese, dietary fiber and it also contains a variety of phytonutrients. Due to the presence of these wide ranges of nutrients in them, the regular and right intake of potato helps in improving our digestion, cholesterol levels & diabetes will be under control, improves the immune system, good for skin and fight against signs of aging, reduce blood pressure, helps with insomnia and goof for eye health as well. Mind you, this is just a few of the benefits that we have listed here the actual list could go on for a while.

After reading all of these, it is for you to decide how to include potatoes in your diet to maintain a healthy eating system and also to benefit the maximum from this humble yet powerful energy booster. Don’t be reluctant to enjoy some potatoes for your everyday meals it won’t make you into a couch potato if you eat in moderation.

Shruti Raj

A simple writer, with hands on experience in Public Relations and Communications. An ardent lover of food with a natural flair in culinary arts, who loves to write anything and everything about food, with a career background of more than half a decade invested in various communication fields. Now being a part of ICCA Dubai Digital Marketing team, she intends to showcase her professional expertise in web & print content development and food photography, and adapt to learn more with the team.

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