One of the most important things to remember about little potatoes is they’re a nutritious vegetable. And just like most other vegetables, these spuds are packed with essential vitamins and minerals (including vitamin C, vitamin B, calcium, iron, and potassium) that help support a body, boost the immune system and improve energy levels. Fiber is also a key nutrient contained in little potatoes making them a high fiber vegetable that boasts tremendous health benefits.
Benefits of High Fiber Vegetables
Fiber is only found in plant-based foods and is one of the many reasons to load up on veggies. Fiber helps to satiate hunger, improve gut health, binds onto and eliminates toxins from the body and can help to lower blood cholesterol levels.
Fiber clings to cholesterol, absorbs it, and helps your body eliminate it. As such, a diet high in dietary fiber has been shown to help lower blood cholesterol levels, which reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease.
It’s not only good at keeping you regular, but fiber is also a star when it comes to digestive health. Fiber helps to feed and grow healthy bacteria in the gut. And good bacteria helps to strengthen the immune system, reduce inflammation and can ward off disease. In addition, fiber binds onto toxins in the colon, and add bulk to stool, and sweeps out waste.
Essential for weight loss, fiber promotes a feeling of fullness without containing any calories. In addition to increasing satiety levels, fiber slows down the absorption of carbohydrates and improves the intake of sugar by cells and tissues. This helps balance blood sugar levels and wards off cravings.
How Little Potatoes Stack Up
The entire little potato – both skin and flesh – contains fiber, which is a good thing because the skin of little potatoes provides so much of the flavor! It’s thin in texture and tastes great! Plus, there is no peeling required, making them so convenient and time-saving. The variety of colors also make your presentation spot-on with minimal effort.
How do Little Potatoes compare when it comes to fiber?
One serving of Little Potatoes contain as much fiber as:
- 1 cup of broccoli,
- 3 1/3 cups of raw spinach, or
- 3 cups of grapes.
The Total Daily Recommended Intake for fiber is roughly 25 to 30 grams. The average North American only consumes roughly 15 grams of fiber, which is nowhere near enough.
To boost fiber intake pair your Little Potatoes (which contain roughly 10 to 12% of the Daily Recommended Intake of fiber) with a variety of other veggies.
- Toss them into a salad
- Add to a veggie stir-fry
- Layer thin slices between tomato, avocado and roasted red peppers in a sprouted grain sandwich
- Add to veggie casserole dishes, or
- Dice up and add to a veggie omelet or frittata.
The options to boost fiber intake are limitless and delicious!