Potatoes often get a bad wrap especially from the carb concious. But if you aren’t sensitive or intolerant to the nightshade family including potatoes, tomatoes, eggplants and capsicum, then you shouldn’t feel guilty about eating the good ol spud. Here’s why.. If you are steaming or roasting the potatoes rather than using the deep fryer, and avoiding butter or cream then you will reap their benefits of being rich in potassium, copper, vitamin C, manganese, phosphorus, niacin, dietary fiber, and pantothenic acid. They also posess an array of phytonutrients which permit antioxidant activity. These compounds include carotenoids, flavonoids, and caffeic acid, as well as unique tuber storage proteins, such as patatin, which exhibit activity against free radicals.
Here’s where I get excited; Potatoes are a very good source of Vitamin B6 which is essential for the creation of neurotransmitters called amines. Our nervous system relies on amines to transmit messages between nerves. Many amine-derived neurotransmitters that need B6 for their production are;
Serotonin, Melatonin, GABA, Epinepherine and Norepinephrine.
Therefore having adequate doses of vitamin B6 is essential to prevent depression, treat stress, normalise brain function and required for a good nights sleep!
So there you have it, put some healthily roasted spuds on your plate for your brain health and sleep!