Ever since I was diagnosed to have high cholesterol and high blood pressure last November 2016, I looked for effective ways on how to keep these levels low. Of course, as instructed by my doctor, I should avoid eating fatty food and that really made me sad.
You see, I grew up in a family who loves eating fatty food. We would always have fried crispy liempo or delicious fatty beef in our Nilaga. Chicharon is a staple in our house as well. So, you can just imagine how terrible I felt when I was ordered by my physician to lessen, if not avoid, my favorite fat-filled delights. Thank God, I’m not a picky eater, so I can easily adjust my food choices.
As I was doing my research, I learned that potatoes — specifically US potatoes — are good for the heart. US potatoes when prepared properly, can lessen the risk of heart ailments and a great way to help maintain a healthy body. Bingo! Right up my alley!
Whether you also have high cholesterol or not, knowing about the wonderful health benefits one can have by enjoying US potatoes will help you make better choices in the future.
So, what makes US potatoes a great part of one’s regular diet? Here’s the lowdown…
- Potatoes are cholesterol-free and have zero saturated fat. Diets low in cholesterol and saturated fat may reduce the risk of heart disease.
- Potatoes are a good source of potassium and low in sodium. Diets containing food that includes potassium and are low in sodium may reduce the risk of high blood pressure and stroke.
- Potatoes are a good source of fiber. Dietary fiber has been shown to have numerous health benefits, including improving blood lipid levels, regulating blood glucose, and increasing satiety (makes you feel full longer), which may help with weight loss.
- Potatoes are an excellent source of Vitamin C. Vitamin C protects arteries from the damaging effects of cholesterol. Potatoes rank in the top 5 of dietary sources of vitamin C for Americans and provide 45% of the daily value.
- Potatoes are a good source of Vitamin B6. Vitamin B6 is required for the synthesis of hemoglobin — an essential component of red blood cells. It also helps reduce levels of homocysteine, of which high levels have been implicated in heart disease and stroke.
And if you are a fitness enthusiast like me or into physical activities, you’d be glad to know that US potatoes are rich in Vitamin B6 that can help one’s endurance.
I have really been into incorporating this root crop into most of my meals as of late, not to mention whipping up potato dishes for our family as well. Here’s a quick and very flavorful potato dish that I’d like to share with you. It’s called, “Bacon and Cheese Baked Potato”. I know it isn’t a new dish, but this is my own version which you might find fun to make.
- 1 kilo US Potatoes
- Deep fried bacon bits
- Quick melt cheese
- 1 big bottle Cheez Whiz
- Spring onions
- Wash the potatoes and place crosswise slits on them.
- Put potatoes in water and add a dash of salt. Boil. Once potatoes are soft, drain water and place potatoes in a serving bowl or plate.
Pour the contents of the bottle of Cheez Whiz on a pan and add half a block of quickmelt cheese. While stirring continuously in low fire, let the cheese melt in the Cheez Whiz
Place boiled potatoes on a plate or in a bowl, then pour some cheese over it. You may drizzle some cooked bacon and you may add a little more grated quickmelt cheese depending on your taste. Garnish with spring onions and serve while hot.
You can even change up the flavors to add variety. Perhaps, sour cream, fried garlic bits or chili con carne next time? Mmmmmm!
Making a recipe using US potatoes is actually very easy. One only needs his/her imagination and a little creativity.
US potatoes… Healthy. Tasty. It’s the best of both worlds.
Go ahead and dig right in.
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