Potatoes are a natural source of fibre.
Today much of the food we eat is processed and refined. Most of the natural fibre in the ingredients can be lost well before your mealtime.
A 175g portion of boiled new potatoes in their skins provides 15% of your NRV (Nutrient Reference Values) of fibre, (boil in the minimum amount of water, or steam in their skins to retain water soluble vitamins).
While a baked (jacket) potato in its skin contains more fibre than two slices of wholemeal bread.
Potassium contributes to normal muscle function. It also helps the maintenance of normal blood pressure.
Boiled new potatoes in their skins (175g portion) provide 38% of your NRV (Nutrient Reference Values) of potassium.
Folate is an essential nutrient, as it cannot be stored in the body, so you need it in your diet every day. It contributes to normal blood formation and functioning of the immune system, as well as to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue. For adults, the recommendation (UK Reference Nutrient Intake) is 200mg of folate daily.
Folate is particularly important if you're pregnant. The Department of Health recommends 'If you are pregnant or thinking of trying to have a baby take a 0.4mg (400 microgram) folic acid supplement daily from the time you stop using contraception until the 12th week of pregnancy. This is to help prevent birth defects of the central nervous system, such as spina bifida, in your baby.'
The great news is that healthy potatoes pose no health risk at all and are an excellent source of nutrients, including folate, during pregnancy.
Magnesium helps the maintenance of teeth and bones, as well as having a role in the process of cell division and contributing to a reduction in tiredness and fatigue, when consumed as part of a healthy diet and lifestyle.
A 175g portion of boiled new potatoes in their skins provides 8% of your NRV of magnesium.