Potatoes are a staple food in many parts of the world and an integral part of much of the world's food supply. It’s produced 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 millions of tonnes!
Potato plants are considered herbaceous perennials that are classified as a vegetables, in the subgroup starchy vegetables. But in the colder regions of the world the potato plant is only a one-year plant, it 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 in fact 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 it on a daily or even regular basis. It might even be dangerous for you.
When potatoes are fried the substance acrylamide is formed 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 produces 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 it.
But still, there's a third option, that we wholeheartedly recommend, stay away from the fried food all together!
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