February is not only Potato Lovers Month — it’s also American Heart Month! Potatoes contain many wonderful ingredients that make them an essential part of a balanced diet, and many of them also help you maintain good heart health. To celebrate this special month, we’re sharing five reasons potatoes help your heart stay healthy.
1) Potatoes are cholesterol-free and have zero saturated fat
According to the 2010 Dietary guidelines by the USDA and Department of Health and Human Services, potatoes have no cholesterol or saturated fat. While many factors affect heart disease, diets low in cholesterol and saturated fat may reduce its risk.
2) Potatoes are a good source of potassium and low in sodium
Diets containing foods that include potassium and are low in sodium may reduce the risk of high blood pressure and stroke. Potatoes with skin are loaded with potassium — more than bananas, spinach or broccoli — and are naturally sodium free.
3) Potatoes are a good source of fiber
A medium potato with skin contributes 2 grams of fiber, which provides 8% of the daily value per serving. Dietary fiber has been shown to have numerous health benefits, including improving blood lipid levels, regulating blood glucose, and increasing satiety (makes you feel full longer), which may help with weight loss.
4) Potatoes are an excellent source of Vitamin C
Vitamin C protects arteries from the damaging effects of cholesterol. Potatoes rank in the top 5 of dietary sources of vitamin C for Americans, and provide 45% of the daily value.
5) Potatoes are a good source of Vitamin B6
Vitamin B6 is required for the synthesis of hemoglobin and essential component of red blood cells. It also helps reduce levels of homocysteine, of which high levels have been implicated in heart disease and stroke.
Pressed for time? Heart-healthy eating expert Christine Palumbo, RD explains how potatoes help with heart health in less than a minute.
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