Learn about potatoes for children and all the benefitsSaturday, 7 July 2018
Potatoes are easily available, relatively cheap, and also one of the most important sources of food. Potatoes can be processed in various ways such as fried, baked, mashed, and so on. Potatoes can also be used as a substitute for rice. What about its benefits? Potatoes have millions of benefits, but before discussing these, parents should first know the nutritional contents present in potatoes. Potatoes are warehouses for energy and nutrition, as well as vitamins and minerals. When consumed regularly, the body will obtain adequate water and ions, because potatoes are rich in potassium. The highest concentration of potassium is in the skin. Vitamins present in potatoes are vitamins A, B, and C. So, what are the benefits of potatoes for the Little One? See the list below:
- Ensure a smooth digestion Potatoes are sources of carbohydrates, which means that they are easy to digest. This is suitable for children who are unable to consume hard food but require energy intake, such as those between 6 and 12 months of age. Potatoes are also rich in fiber, which is needed to facilitate and maintain healthy digestion.
- Support the immune system Other than fiber, potatoes are also rich in antioxidants, beta-carotene, vitamin C, vitamin B complex, iron, and phosphorus. These various types of vitamins are required to maintain the immunity of the Little One in order to be able to combat the disease-causing germs. In addition, the vitamin B6 in potatoes ensures that the nervous system of the Little One remains healthy and develops optimally.
- Support brain function Brain function is highly dependent on glucose levels, oxygen intake, various components of vitamin B complex, amino acids, fatty acids such as omega-3, as well as certain hormones. Almost all of these requirements can be fulfilled by the nutrients present in potatoes.
- A healthy source of energy Although high in calories, potatoes are low in cholesterol. Calories are required by the Little One as an energy source for their growth and development as well as daily activities.
- Maintain a stable blood pressure Potatoes contain important micronutrients such as potassium, which function to maintain a stable blood pressure and ensure that the blood flow to vital organs such as the heart and the brain remains adequate. Thus, the organ functions in the body of the Little One will remain optimal during their growth and development process.