Most children come to love several potato dishes such as scalloped potatoes and baked potato pies even before they hit adulthood. But beyond the great taste of these dishes, there is another vital fact that parents would be grateful to know of: potatoes are nutritious. That makes a potato meal a perfect way to help your children take in the necessary nutrients.
As a vegetable and root tuber, a vegetable combines nutrition, taste, and filling wonderfully. The following potato nutrition facts are worth knowing as you serve your kids their next potato meal:
- Potato macronutrients: The healthy fat, carbohydrate, protein, and fiber content of potatoes is enough to provide a part of the recommended daily allowance for the nutrients for kids. The best thing about this is that a potato has just enough calories to give the kids the energy they need to play and work without packing.
- Potato micronutrients: Minerals like calcium, zinc, magnesium, potassium and iron, vitamins C and B6, pantothenic acid, riboflavin, and folate are some of the micronutrients present in a potato. Although the amount differs according to the various varieties, it is still enough for kids to get the daily nutrient allowances. These macronutrients play important roles in the immune and nervous systems. When next you make scalloped potatoes, be rest assured that they are getting some crucial nutrients.
- Potatoes aid gut bacteria: There is a class of starch in potatoes known as resistant starch. This special starch is a source of nutrients for bacteria in the gut. The bacteria are probiotic and are thought to improve colon health and reduce the risk of inflammation and colorectal cancer.
- Potatoes can be safely combined with other vegetables: We know that most kids do not like green veggies. However, you can sneak them into a potato meal so the kids can comfortably eat them. For example, while making scalloped potatoes or potato pie, vegetables can be added. This potato taste covers the taste of the veggies. Potatoes are not just nutritious, but they can also be prepared in different exciting ways.
Fun fact: Potatoes are “safe carbohydrates”: Although carbohydrates are implicated in weight gain, potatoes are exempt. Yes, the key factor is portion control; however, potatoes have a low glycemic index (GI), which makes them a low-risk food when it comes to increasing sugar levels. Your kids are better off with potatoes in their diet.