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Purple Potatoes Lower Blood Pressure

Study Shows Purple Potatoes Combat High Blood Pressure

I'm a huge fan of those adorable little purple potatoes, and now I have a reason to eat them. A small recent study shows that eating these plum-colored root veggies can lower your blood pressure. When participants added six to eight small purple potatoes (golf-ball size) twice a day to their regular diet, after four weeks their diastolic (the bottom number) blood pressure lowered by an average of 4.3 percent and their systolic (the top number) by 3.5 percent. The scientists said purple potatoes have almost the same blood pressure lowering abilities as oatmeal.

Of course, fried and smothered in butter doesn't count — the taters in this study were microwaved and enjoyed plain (with the skins). Potatoes are naturally high in antioxidants, which protect your body from damaging free radicals, but frying destroys those healthy substances. If eaten sans butter, margarine, or sour cream, a half-cup serving of purple potatoes is only 70 calories, so they're not fattening when enjoyed just as nature intended.

Hopefully this research will help make potatoes of all colors popular again and clear them of their unhealthy reputation. Knowing all varieties contain healthy phytochemicals on similar levels to broccoli, spinach, and brussels sprouts definitely inspires me to eat them.

Source: Flickr User g.p.macklin

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ticamorena ticamorena 5 years
SALSA! me gusta :) frying food is honestly, way too much of an effort to do for me alone and leftovers don't keep well (if i'm cooking for the fam, i don't mind) i don't want a cheesy /creamy/ milky flavour (as i'm, not accustomed to them), but maybe i need suggestions for a type of potato that is not fluffy/starchy, that keeps well and has a depth of flavour ( kinda like new potatoes, which are too expensive to buy on the regular)
Jenny-Sugar Jenny-Sugar 5 years
Ooh, I too am a fan of baked sweet potatoes. I'll have to try it topped with salsa! Thanks for the idea karinacocina.
karinacocina karinacocina 5 years
@ticamorena i love eating baked sweet potatoes with salsa! no dairy! Maybe you could top it with nutritional yeast to get a cheesy taste? also have you tried baked sweet potato fries? i dont know how i lived without them!
ticamorena ticamorena 5 years
i've never had high blood pressure and sadly i HATE potatoes. maybe the fact that i'm lactose intolerant comes into play because i can't eat them with milk, cream, cheese etc (and i don't eat lactose-free substitute products either) also, i hate starchy, powdery food, so i can only eat baked sweet potatoes. it sucks because potatoes are really good value for money!
amber512 amber512 5 years
I love potatoes. Wish I could find some purple ones. Although I have been enjoying purple cauliflower lately. yum!
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