The potato

The potato

The potato; a nutritious source of energy. There is a reason that that potato is regularly on the menu at healthcare institutions or schools. But what exactly is there in a potato that makes it so healthy?

A potato consists for the most part of water (almost 80%), in addition the potato also contains carbohydrates, proteins and dietary fiber.

Good source of carbohydrates

Potatoes are a good source of carbohydrates, they also contain other good nutrients. The digestible carbohydrates provide energy and make us feel fit. Non-digestible carbohydrates are dietary fiber. These fibers are important for healthy digestion and contribute to a feeling of fullness after eating. Potatoes have a very low sodium content and are a source of potassium, both important for the maintenance of normal blood pressure. The potato also contains other minerals and vitamins (including B1, B6 and C)

Nutritious and versatile

In addition to being nutritious, the potato is also versatile. Potatoes can be used in almost every diet. They can be prepared and flavored in many ways. The method of preparation of a potato and whether it is eaten hot or cold influences the nutritional value. A useful tool for compiling a menu or to find out more about the nutritional value of potatoes is the online database of NEVO (The Dutch Nutrient Database). Here you can make a comparison between the different potato preparations.