Purple Potatoes are surprisingly healthy
There is a better solution to high blood pressure and obesity – just switch from white to purple potatoes. This golf ball size potato is a perfect fit for the potato loving crowd looking to stay healthy. (just watch those toppings!)
The choice of potatoes at the supermarket is limited considering there are thousands of varieties of potatoes from deep red to purple, and they all have some different nutritional components. The differences in color between varieties are basically differences in the carotenoid and flavonoid content.
The health benefit of colors
Colorful potatoes provide carotenoids which are not found in the white variety. The darker the flesh of even yellow potatoes the greater quantity of carotenoids. In the worldwide market darker hued potatoes are the norm.
The beauty of purple runs deep
Purple potatoes have deep violet ink colored skin and flesh, and the hue depends on their variety. They are usually smaller in size because they are often harvested when young. The taste is slightly nutty and they have a special appeal to those that like to sample more exotic fruits and vegetables. Purple potatoes are a staple in South America and many of their dishes are reflective of their popularity. Purple potatoes are the one starch that doesn’t add pounds, while providing the antioxidant, anthocyanin, the same flavonoid that is found in red and purple produce such as berries and pomegranates.
Potato news gets better and better
Research out of the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania showed that the purple potato can help lower blood pressure, without causing weight gain. The research, conducted by Joe Vinson, tracked 18 overweight individuals who were hypertensive and either had them eat six to eight small purple potatoes with the skin at both lunch and dinner or no potatoes for four weeks as part of their everyday diet for four weeks. Then, each group switched routines – so both groups got to try the purple potatoes.
You CAN eliminate hypertension with diet alone
On average diastolic blood pressure (the bottom number) dropped by 4.3 percent and the systolic blood pressure (the top number) dropped by 3.5 percent. None of the participants gained any weight while indulging in the purple potatoes.
Purple potatoes have a place not only in our diets, but in our commitment to environmental responsibility. Since, these are either in the market near you or coming soon, welcome them into your home – you’ll be glad you did.