Best Benefits of Potatoes | From Weight Loss To Stress Relief

Did you know that the unassuming potato can help with weight loss…and a bunch of other health advantages? This post will explore the many benefits of potatoes. Healthy recipes included!

Benefits of Potatoes

Let’s be honest, potatoes often get a bad rap. Some might have even told you that they’re an empty carb. Rude!

There’s more than meets the eye when it comes to the simple spud…

Which I personally found as GREAT news. At the beginning of my fitness journey, I would always avoid anything that had potatoes because I just assumed they weren’t healthy.

Truth be told, I’m such a potato fan, and giving them up was a huge bummer.

That’s the power of research! After looking into it, I’ve collected 7 benefits of potatoes that I can’t wait to share. These findings have changed my personal perspective and I hope they will help you, too.

I’ve also included some of my favorite healthy potato recipes so you can start integrating them into your diet right away!

Benefits of Potatoes

Are Potatoes Healthy?

Potaotes ARE healthy and that’s why I wrote this post. These root vegetables are an excellent source of various vitamins and minerals. And – this might come as a surprise to you – because potatoes are filling, they can actually help you lose weight.

To give you a better idea, here’s a nutritional profile of a 1 cup of boiled potato (5.5 Ounces):

Nutritional ElementAmount
Calories136
Total Fat0.2 g
Cholesterol0 g
Sodium 6 mg
Total Carbohydrates31.4 g
Vitamin C20 mg
Potassium591 mg
Fiber2.8 g
Protein2.9 g

Are Potatoes Healthier Than Rice?

Potatoes are generally healthy than rice. Let’s look at the macros of a cup of cooked rice. It has around 205 calories, 4.3 grams of protein, 0.4 grams of fat, and 44.5 grams of carbohydrates. If you compare this with the nutritional profile above, potatoes have a lower fat and carbohydrate content.

But I’d like to emphasize that the way your potatoes are prepared can dramatically change the nutrition content. This is true of rice, too.

Benefits of Potatoes

What Are The Benefits of Potatoes?

Need more convincing? You got it! I promise you that knowing these benefits changed the way I relate to potatoes. In fact, you’ll always find a bag of baby potatoes in our pantry!

1. Packed with antioxidants: Surprised aren’t you? Potatoes are a stellar nutrient-based vegetable that you can (and should) add to your diet. They are naturally high in vitamin C, flavonoids, carotenoids, and phenolic acids. These compounds are known to reduce the risk of chronic illnesses like heart disease and diabetes.

Learn more about antioxidants in this post: Top 10 Antioxidant-Rich Foods | With Easy Recipes

Sauteed Baby Red Potatoes - Bikinis!

2. Burns fat: Potatoes are packed with a special type of starch that functions like soluble fiber. And like fiber, it can’t be easily digested or absorbed. When it reaches the large intestine it gets fermented…and once it gets fermented it triggers your body to burn fat. Yay science!

One of my fave potato recipes? You have to try my Roasted Potato Salad!

3. Keeps you full: The benefits of potatoes are far-reaching. Aside from their fat-burning advantage, potatoes also keep you fuller for longer periods. Can I back up this claim? You bet! Studies show people who included potatoes as part of their daily meals ate fewer calories overall.

Benefits of Potatoes

4. Promotes healthy bowels: One small potato (with skin) can provide you with at least 3 grams of fiber. Yep, you read that right! It contains insoluble fiber which promotes bowel health and reduces your risk for diabetes.

If you know me, you know I’m serious about my fiber. Check out this post on Why and How To Get More Fiber In Your Diet

5. Lowers stress levels: This is something that only a few people know. I’ve got inside information, what can I say! Truth is, potatoes are natural stress relievers. This is because, as a nutrient-dense carbohydrate, potatoes trigger insulin to allow tryptophan into the brain.

This process ultimately creates 5HTP and boosts serotonin…naturally! So consider eating a potato when you’re feeling anxiety start to creep in, along with these other Best Foods for Stress Relief. 

6. Has zero gluten: Because potatoes are so substantial, you may think that they have gluten. They don’t! Potatoes are great because they fit perfectly if you follow a gluten-free diet. They’re as satisfying as a piece of bread, in my humble opinion.

Baked Potato Soup

6. Reduces blood pressure: Last but not least when talking about the benefits of potatoes, they are PACKED with potassium and magnesium (which are linked to lower blood pressure levels). Starting to feel serious about potatoes? Go for the gold with this Healthy Baked Potato Soup.

Can I Eat Potatoes Everyday?

Yes, you can! Eating one medium-sized potato a day can be part of a balanced diet. It won’t do you any harm as long as you have it baked, steamed, or roasted. My rule of thumb when eating potatoes is to make sure that the saturated fat and seasonings I add won’t double the calorie count of the dish.

Benefits of Potatoes

Is Potato Salad Healthy?

Potato salad can be healthy but you’ve got to be mindful about what ingredients you add. It’s not usually healthy when your recipe calls for cups upon cups of mayo. But, you can easily make potato salad healthy by replacing the mayonnaise with plain greek yogurt. This increases the protein and nutrients overall and reduces a lot of unhealthy fat.

Case and point: My roasted potato salad is the perfect healthy side dish.

What Is The Best Way To Sauté Potatoes?

If you want to skip the extra grease that comes with frying your potatoes but enjoy a bit of oil in them, then I recommended that you sauté with olive oil! It provides extra flavor that you won’t get if you boil or steam the potato.

I love sautéing baby red potatoes because they’re extremely tasty and simple to make! Plus they pair really well with my Pan-Roasted Salmon and Garlic Parmesan Green Beans.

Crock Pot Mashed Potatoes | Such an easy dinner side, especially when the crock pot does all the work! | A Sweet Pea Chef

More Healthy Potato Recipes

While it seems like my entire blog is dedicated to sweet potato recipes (here are 19 Easy Sweet Potato Recipes) I try to show regular potatoes some love too. Here are some of my most classic – and beloved – potato recipes:

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Lacey Baier

Hey y’all, I’m Lacey Baier and I’m so glad you’re here! I’m a healthy lifestyle influencer and the creator of this clean-eating blog and YouTube channel, A Sweet Pea Chef. My recipes have been published on Food Network, Good Morning America, FoxNews, Tastemade, Fitness Magazine, and much more. I live in Dallas, Texas with my husband and four kiddos. Let’s get started!

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