A potato belongs to the family of the Solanaceae plants, along with tomatillos, peppers and eggplants. What we eat from this plant is actually the tuber, or the swollen portion of underground stem of the potato.
There are different nutrients in this vegetable. Potato is rich in vitamins B6 and C, as well as in minerals such as potassium, manganese and copper. This tuber contains about 21% of our daily needs of vitamin B6 and also some 26% of recommended daily allowance of vitamin C. Potato also contains plenty of dietary fibers. Some claim that the most of nutrients are present in the potato skin, so it shouldn't be peeled off but eaten instead.
How Many Calories Are There in Potato?
Depending on the preparation, potato can have different energetic value. A hundred grams (100g) of raw potato contains about 70 calories, while the same amount of boiled potato will have 80 calories. Tinned potato contains even less calories than the raw tuber, just 65 calories per 100g. Baked potato will give you slightly more energy since it contains 85 calories, but if you take the skin off and avoid the salt you will add some 93 calories to your menu.
100 g of mashed potato or potato salad has about 110 calories and if you roast this vegetable you will end up with 150 calories. Sautéed potato has 120 calories, potato waffles and crunches some 200 calories and the fried potato chips have whooping 270 calories in serving of just 100g.
Sweet potato is more or less the same, regarding the amount of calories. It has 90 calories if it is used raw, 85 if it is boiled and 92 if it you baked 100g of sweet potato tuber.Potato is Healthy
This vegetable is known to possess many benefits. People struggling with underweight should eat potato, because of the high percent of present carbohydrates. If you happen to suffer from digestion problems, potato is also very good choice, since it is easily digested.
Minerals and vitamins in potato are great for the skin and can prevent scurvy or inflammation processes. Some people may use potato to lower heightened blood pressure or improve functioning of the brain. People suffering from kidney stones due to the increased level of uric acid in the blood can safely eat potato. This vegetable contains very small amount of proteins and won’t negatively affect these patients who shouldn’t be eating proteins.