You Say Potato... I Say Make It Purple!


Whole and Sliced Purple Potatoes

While purple potatoes are not nearly as common as Russet ones, they can easily be found for sale in various stores. If you come across them, be sure to grab at least a few, as they have numerous nutrients and other health benefits you won't find in regular potatoes. What is more, purple potatoes taste exactly the same as a white potato, so you don't have to worry about changing your taste palette to enjoy these unique vegetables.

Purple potatoes have four times as many antioxidants as regular potatoes. It also contains a particularly noteworthy antioxidant called anthocyanin. This nutrient is also found in other purple produce such as eggplants and pomegranates and it not only boosts your immunity to disease but also contains cancer-fighting properties. Additionally, anthocyanin protects DNA integrity and structure, has anti-inflammatory properties, strengthens membranes and can even regular estrogenic activity, which in turn lowers the risk of developing hormonal diseases and gaining unwanted weight. A recent USDA study has also shown that purple potatoes can help to lower your blood pressure.

Purple potatoes also contain the same nutrients you will find in regular potatoes. These include potassium, fiber, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, niacin, Riboflavin, magnesium and iron.

Purple potatoes can be prepared in the same way as regular potatoes; however, those who are trying to lose weight will want to pick low-fat recipes as opposed to those that use a lot of oil. You can add potatoes to vegetable soup, sprinkle them with olive oil and bake them in the oven or boil them to make mashed potatoes or potato salad. Avoid peeling the potatoes as much as possible as the skin has many of the nutrients you will want to benefit from.

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