The newest superfood
Health-conscious cooks could soon be serving up a new superfood – the purple potato.
Provided it is cooked without fat, it has been proved to reduce blood pressure and doesn’t even make you put on weight.
The deep colour of the Purple Majesty variety comes from the same compounds found in blueberries, blackberries, blackcurrants, red cabbage and aubergines.
Researchers found that when eaten by overweight patients with high blood pressure, it was as effective as porridge oats in lowering their reading.
If your GP says your blood pressure is ‘140 over 90’, it means you have a systolic pressure of 140 and a diastolic pressure of 90.
High blood pressure associated with obesity can result in strokes and early death.
The study findings could help resurrect the reputation of the potato, which is seen by dieters as a food to avoid.
It also fails to qualify as one of five vegetable and fruit portions which should be eaten each day.
The potato, more than perhaps any other vegetable, has an undeserved bad reputation that has led many health-conscious people to ban them from their diet.
Mention potato and people think “fattening, high-carbs, empty calories”. In reality, when prepared without frying, and served without butter, margarine, or sour cream, one potato has only 110 calories and dozens of healthful phytochemicals and vitamins. Hope this new research helps to remake the potato’s nutritional image.
Despite the livid colour, the purple potato tastes similar to the more conventional varieties with white flesh.
The Purple Majesty performs beautifully in the kitchen, mashing, baking, roasting and microwaving to perfection.