Potatoes are starchy vegetables that you'll find in almost all parts of the world. They are an integral part of much of the world's food supply. It is cultivated almost all over the world.
There are both wild varieties and cultivated ones.
The three largest producers of potatoes are China, the European Union, and India.
Together they produce about 199 million tonnes of potatoes per year. Compare that to the whole world production of about 370 million tonnes!
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Potatoes Are Perennials Everywhere Except In Colder Regions
Potato plants are considered herbaceous perennials that are classified as vegetables, in the subgroup starchy vegetables.
But in the colder regions of the world, the potato plant is only a one-year plant that withers in the winter and needs to be re-planted every spring.
Benefits Potatoes Can Provide
Potatoes might not be the first food you think of when you think of nutritious and healthy food. But potatoes contain a lot of healthy nutrients! For instance magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, Vitamin C and antioxidants.
To get the most out of the health benefits potatoes can provide to you and your loved ones, you should serve the potatoes with the skin. The skin contains high levels of nutrients but also provide substantial dietary fiber and antioxidants.
Potatoes Become Unhealthy When Fried
If you choose to eat fried potatoes, like french fries or chips, you should try not to eat them on a daily or even regular basis. It might even be dangerous for you.
When potatoes are fried the substance acrylamide forms in the product. Acrylamide is a carcinogenic substance!
To combat this, the USDA approved in 2014 a genetically modified potato with properties that prevent bruising and produce less acrylamide when fried.
So if you can't live without french fries, this might be something for you. GMO foods aren't something we trust completely but the choice becomes somewhat easier when choosing between eating proven cancerous acrylamides or avoiding most of them.
But still, there's a third option that we wholeheartedly recommend, stay away from the fried food altogether!
Read All Our Articles About Potatoes
Below you'll find our articles about potatoes.
Pick one and learn something new!
Potatoes: What They Are & The Benefits Potatoes Can Provide!
Do you know what a potato is and what potatoes are good for? Potatoes can be surprisingly healthy and unhealthy! There is actually a lot to learn about this little tuber. Learn all about them in Potatoes: What They Are & The Benefits Potatoes Can Provide!.
What To Do With Potatoes? [6 Tasty Scandinavian Recipes!]
Potatoes are such a versatile food, that is not the first thing most people think. But it is true! Do you know what to do with potatoes to get the most health benefits from them? We provide you with 6 recipes to make healthy potatoes with a Scandinavian twist! Check it out in What To Do With Potatoes? [6 Tasty Scandinavian Recipes!].