Potato Nutrition

Little Potatoes Deliver Big Nutrition

Packed full of vitamins and minerals, Little Potatoes are a perfect part of your family’s healthy, balanced diet. And for those of you that are health conscious, our Creamer potatoes offer important nutritional benefits.

Creamers potatoes are naturally fat-free, cholesterol-free, and only 20 calories each. They contain vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, potassium, fiber that provide healthy energy, but what does all this mean?

Let’s break down the nutritional content of a Creamer potato:potato nutrition

Naturally Gluten-free:

While gluten free is very trendy these days, potatoes have always been gluten- free which is great for the health of your gut, the main site of nutrient absorption.

Researchers have found those on a gluten-free diet may have inadequate intakes of nutrients as important components of food are not able to be absorbed.(1) Try including a whole food, complex carbohydrate such as potatoes in place of refined grains containing gluten, like wheat pasta and bread. You’ll also increase your intake of iron, fiber and several other micronutrients you may have been missing.

Fiber:

Did you know that fiber is one of the reasons our Creamer potatoes are classified as a “good carb”? In order for a carb to be considered healthy, it must also be a source of fiber, vitamins and minerals, and contain no added sugar. You can also call these types of carbohydrates “complex carbs”, and Little Potatoes fit right in!

Fiber is really important because it can help regulate your blood sugar levels, reduces blood pressure, and aids in weight control. (2). It also helps you in maintaining a healthy body weight as fiber is more filling, so you may naturally find you eat less and feel more full over a longer period of time when eating fiber rich foods. Our Creamers provide you with 12% daily value of fiber.

Vitamin C:
It may come as a surprise that potatoes contain Vitamin C, yet our Creamers contain 6% of your daily value! This nutrient protects cells and fights against free radical damage, helps maintain healthy gums, speeds the healing of wounds, and also aids in the absorption of iron; which transports oxygen to working muscles.

Potassium:

Sure, a serving of our Creamer potatoes contains more potassium than a banana, but why is that such a big deal? Researchers have established that potassium helps the body absorb calcium – and that adding potassium as part of a healthy diet can be one way to build up your bone strength and avoid osteoporosis (3).

A healthy diet containing foods high in potassium and low in sodium may reduce the risk of high blood pressure, a risk factor for stroke and heart disease. Creamers are a good source of potassium (containing 19% of your recommended daily intake) and are naturally sodium-free. Talk about heart healthy!

Iron:

Like other trace minerals, iron is important for the maintenance of overall good health – but specifically, it helps transport oxygen to your brain and assists in warding off fatigue.
Adding Creamer potatoes – which provide 8% of your daily value of iron-  as part of a balanced meal is an easy (and tasty!) way to get more iron in your diet.

In North America, it’s recommended to eat between four to ten servings of fruit and vegetables a day. Creamer potatoes offer a delicious and convenient way to eat your vegetables! With all this talk about potato nutrition, make Creamer potatoes a staple in your household today!

References:

  1. Celiac Disease-Sprue: University of Maryland Medical Center Get the Scoop on gluten-free: Duluth New Tribune. Accessed online from http://umm.edu/health/medical/ency/articles/celiac-disease-sprue, March 9, 2016
  2. Foods that Lower Cholesterol: How stuff works Health. Accessed online from http://health.howstuffworks.com/diseases-conditions/cardiovascular/cholesterol/foods-that-lower-cholesterol2.htm March 9, 2016
  3. Vitamin Reference Guide: Vitamin K. University of Maryland Medical Center. Accessed online from  http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/supplement/vitamin-k March 7 2016.