During the low carb craze, potatoes got a bad wrap. What people have tended to forget, especially weight obsessed endurance athletes, is that potatoes are not inherently bad if you cook them the right way.This means not making a loaded baked potato, deep frying it or dousing it with gravy to make a poutine. Potatoes, in their purest form, have some serious health perks.
1. They are loaded with potassium.
If eaten with the skin on, a large potato has 1600 miligrams of potassium in it. That is 4 times the amount found in a banana and half the amount needed in an entire day.
2. Stuffed full of fiber.
Fiber keeps you fulllonger, which leads to less snacking in the future. If eaten with the skin on, potatoes have 1/4 of the amount of your daily fiber need.
3. Great source of manganese.
Manganese is important to athletes as it plays an essential role in processing protein, carbs and cholesteral.
4. Also in the skin of your potato is a solid amount of vitamin C.
You will nab nearly 29 milligrams of the stuff in a large potato, to be exact, nearly half of your goal for the day. While getting enough C probably won’t nip a cold in the bud, it plays an important role as an antioxidant and helps heal wounds which comes in handy after some of those unfortunate bike crashes or trail stumbles when running.
5. Finally they’re rich in vitamin B6.
This vitamin does much of its work “behind the scenes”. You don’t ever really hear a lot about B6, but it’s working hard, in the cardiovascular, digestive, immune, muscular and nervous systems. With 46 percent of your daily recommended B6, a potato (with the skin on!) is a good place to start getting it into your diet.