Health Benefits of Eating Potatoes

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Potato is one of the common vegetables consumed by us almost regularly. It is a starchy, tuberous crop and a staple food in many parts of the world. After maize, wheat and rice potatoes are the world’s largest food crop as of 2014. Potato plant grows about 60 cm high depending on variety. Plants are herbaceous perennials and bear pink, red, blue, purple, white flowers with yellow stamens. They are mainly cross-pollinated by insects. Potato plants produce small green fruits after flowering which resemble green cherry tomatoes. Except for the tubers, the fruit contains the toxic alkaloid solanine which is unsuitable for human consumption. Potato plants adapt easily to diverse climatic conditions. Plants can grow as long as the climate is moist and cool enough to gather sufficient water from the soil for forming the starchy tubers. Potatoes are comparatively cheap as well as stuffed with a variety of nutrients.

Let Us Discuss Some of The Health Benefits of Eating Potatoes

1. Contains Antioxidants to Suppress the Growth of Cancer Cells – Potatoes contains a high number of compounds such as flavonoids, carotenoids, phenolic acids. These compounds by acting as antioxidants neutralize the potentially harmful molecules present in the body known as free radicles. Accumulation of free radicles can cause chronic illness including cancer, diabetes and heart diseases. The antioxidants present in potatoes can hinder the growth of colon and liver cancer cells.

2. Rich in Nutrients – Potatoes are a storehouse of vitamins, minerals, carbohydrate. The skin of the potato also contains a significant amount of nutrients. Therefore peeling them can reduce the nutritional value. We should cook potato in a way that its nutritional value remains unaffected.

3. Improves Digestion – Consuming potatoes can improve our digestive health as it contains the resistant starch. The resistant starch of potato is converted to the butyrate, the short-chained fatty acid. Research proves that butyrate can reduce colon inflammation, minimize the risk of colorectal cancer and strengthen colon.

4. Better Blood Sugar Control – The resistant starch in potato is not broken down and fully absorbed in the body. It goes to the large intestine and becomes a source of nutrients for the beneficial gut bacteria. Resistant starch has numerous health benefits such as decreasing insulin resistance, which helps in controlling blood sugar.

Therefore eating potatoes can provide immense benefit for our health. But we should make sure to wash them properly before cooking.



Importance of Flowers for Making Our Life Beautiful

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Since the dawn of human civilization, flowers play a vital role in our lives. Flowers are considered as a symbol of love and beauty. It stimulates a feeling of love and happiness and can make the surrounding cheerful. We have a beautiful garden in our home where flowers like rose, jasmine, rhododendron, sunflower etc blooms. My favourite one is jasmine. My father is very passionate about gardening. He takes utmost care of the plants and trees in our garden.

Flowers are popularly used on different types of occasions such as weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, funeral and thanksgiving. Floral arrangements when used in decorations of wedding ceremonies, birthday party or home decor enhances the aesthetic value of the place. Flowers can influence our moods to a great extent. If beautiful flowers are kept in the hospital room of sick patients it can reduce the stress and speed up the recovery. Mamma sometimes keeps a vase filled with fresh flowers in our living room or dining room which creates a comforting atmosphere and enhances the beauty of our home. Research says flowers have healing properties as well. Presence of multi-colored flowers creates a joyful impact on our mind. I like playing and spending quality time in our garden when it is filled with flowers of different colors. While I am depressed or tensed it provides a calming effect on my mind.

Flowers are also used to enhance the beauty of women. Flowers comprises an integral part of cosmetics which are used. Without flowers, the world would have been a dull and dark place to live. Insects such as bees, ants, butterflies, and wasps feed on the nectar of flowers. Flowers are also consumed by human beings. Flowers such as chamomile, mint, Angelica can be used in teas. Many flowers contain medicinal values such as sunflower, calendula for treating sore throats and tonsillitis. The blossoms from basil, lavender, jasmine can be used as spices and herbs for preparing food items. Flowers are also used for garnishing. They can trigger allergies sometimes so one should refrain from eating flowers when suffering from fever.

Thus, we can say flowers offers various benefits to us apart from natural artwork and beauty.