A potato’s skin is rich in key nutrients such as potassium and vitamin C. More than 50% can be lost when the skin is peeled. Leaving the skin on potatoes not only provides more nutrients but makes them quick and easy to prepare.
Coloured potatoes contain antioxidants and carotenoids which can help reduce the risk of certain cancers, cardiovascular disease and metabolic disorders.
For best nutritional value, steam or microwave potatoes and they will reward you with valuable nutrients.
This process promotes resistant starch. You can also reheat the cooled potatoes if you wish.
Unlike some other starches, resistant starch passes into the large intestine to be fermented by bacteria. Once there, starch fermentation produces health-promoting metabolites including butyrate, which is important for gut health. It fuels intestinal cells and helps keep the gut cell barrier intact, ultimately triggering the release of molecules that reduce inflammation and control appetite.
Resistant starch is great for gut health. The health benefits of resistant starch continue to be investigated, but research has confirmed a clear association between resistant starch intake and gut health, blood glucose control and satiety.