Every potato is a power pack, brimming with God’s goodness. In theory, we could eat only potatoes, supplemented with the occasional leafy greens, for chlorophyll, and the body would suffer no dietary deficiency.
POTATOES AS A HOME REMEDY
Not everyone wants to carry a potato in their pocket or purse, but maybe we should. Potatoes can be used in dozens of cases of sickness or injury. Here are a few proven easy-to-follow home remedies:
Diarrhea - eat unsalted potatoes mashed with water
Indigestion – eat potatoes raw, about ½ cup
Heartburn and Gas – drink freshly squeezed juice first thing in the morning
Ulcers – one quart of potato juice throughout the day, before meals
Sore-throat – make a compress by placing hot mashed, unpeeled, boiled potatoes in a linen or cotton cloth, then apply to area affected
Boils – make a poultice of raw potatoes apply and change every eight hours
Burns – apply cold, crushed, raw potato to the area, if not cold mix with ice
Constipation – boiled with the skin on them or drinking the juice will soothe inflamed tissue and provide bulk to the stool.
Colds and Flu – fast from all processed foods and boil potatoes with carrots, onions, celery and parsley.
POTATOES ARE PACKED WITH VITAMINS
Potatoes contain Vitamins C, B1, B2, B3 and B6. The most important is Vitamin C. The entire recommended daily amount can be found in 14 ounces of potatoes. The vitamin content is at its peak at harvest time, and decreases during storage.
POTATOES CONTAIN HIGH GRADE PROTEIN
The quality of protein we consume matters more than the quantity. Potato protein is an ideal blend of essential amino acids. Since the body functions most efficiently on a vegetable protein, this is some of the best nature can offer.
POTATOES ARE RICH IN MINERALS
Its high potassium content means it is an ideal way to offset the surplus acid found in such foods as meat and dairy products. Many people, women more than men, suffer from iron and magnesium deficiencies, particularly those who are pregnant or are very active in sports. Those who eat potatoes regularly have no need to take iron or magnesium supplements.
POTATOES ARE LOW IN CALORIES
Many people would be surprised to learn that 3.5 ounces of boiled potatoes contain only about 80 calories.
POTATOES CONTAIN COMPLEX CARBOHYDRATES
It is used to be believed that carbohydrates led to excess weight. It is now known that they are the body’s most important source of energy. Among the complex carbohydrates are starch and fibre. During digestion, starch is converted to energy and stored in the liver and muscles. Fibre is a vital aid to digestion. It absorbs a great deal of body waste and expands enormously.
This increased bulk encourages more efficient bowel function. Fibre-rich foods sty in the system only half as long as those with little fibre.
POTATOES ARE VERY LOW IN FAT
The fat content of potatoes is only about less than one percent. This tiny quantity includes “good” essential fatty acids.
As an aid in losing excess pounds without feeling that you are starving yourself, potatoes are highly recommended. They can be made in so many ways so that while you have them often they do not need to look the same.
Many diabetics are overweight. Their bodies must have a steady supply of complex carbohydrates, but not in excessive quantities to avoid creating much sugar in the blood. On a potato diet, diabetics can lose weight without any harmful side-effects.
To avoid having to resort to dialysis, people whose kidneys fail to excrete waste products must eat little protein, which must also be of high quality, because of its biological efficiency, the potato is good for kidney patients. It is excellent for urinary tract infection as well, alkalizing the mucous membranes and causing bacteria to be passed out in the urine.
Gout, the so called “rich man’s disease,” is caused mainly by consuming too much meat and animal fat. One of the symptoms is the overproduction of uric acid. The most important part of treatment is a diet low in this acid.
Potatoes contain very little uric acid and therefore, can be the main ingredient in an anti-gout diet.
HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE
When certain bodily functions are disturbed, the kidneys excrete insufficient sodium, which leads to raised blood pressure or hypertension. Sufferers are prescribed an extremely low-sodium diet. This means eating foods naturally low in sodium and avoiding or restricting the use of salt in their preparation. Potatoes are the perfect low-sodium food, so patients with blood pressure are urged to include frequent “potato days” in their diet.