6 health benefits of potatoes

Potatoes and sweet potatoes are versatile and very healthy. Fight cancer, control your diabetes and get stronger bones by eating these nutritious spuds


Boost antioxidants

Followers of low-carb diets give regular potatoes a bad rap. They are not exactly good for you when dropped into a deep fryer, but potatoes are packed with powerful nutrients and antioxidants—compounds that fight free radicals. The ORAC value (a measure of the total antioxidants in 100 grams) for a medium baked potato with skin is a healthy 1,680, while that of a baked sweet potato with skin is 766. Compare those with the values for carrots, either cooked (317) or raw (666).

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