If you’ve ever felt guilty about ordering the baked potato instead of the salad while dining out, I have good news for you. When it comes to healthy choices, potatoes are a winner. One medium potato has over one-half of a milligram of B6, which is essential for the formation of new cells in the body. In addition to being packed full of vitamins, a recent study by Dr Chong of Massey University, showed that a substance called “urenika” found in purple as well as plain white potatoes may suppress the growth of breast cancer cells. Sweet potatoes, (high in beta-carotene, folate, vitamin C, and fiber,) may reduce the risk of breast cancer by about half, and are considered a super-food for colon cancer prevention as well.
Geneticist Roy Navare has shown that the phenolic content of Red and Norkotah potatoes rivals that of broccoli, spinach and Brussels Sprouts, and includes flavonoids with protective activity against cardiovascular disease, respiratory problems and certain cancers.