Since potato peels are rich in potassium, an essential mineral for maintaining and regulating blood pressure, they are considered good for heart health. They are also loaded with magnesium and calcium, which, according to Harvard Medical School, also help control blood pressure.
Furthermore, studies indicate that these peels have powerful radical scavenging, or antioxidant, activity because of chlorogenic and gallic acids – two dominant compounds that help maintain the health of your heart by reducing damage caused by free radicals. Recent research has shown that free radical damage may cause many chronic health problems, such as cardiovascular and inflammatory diseases. Antioxidants can prevent that damage, as they eradicate free radicals by neutralizing them.
A little-known benefit of potato skins is that they can color grey hair. The peels contain several vital nutrients, such as iron, zinc, copper, calcium, potassium, niacin, and magnesium that help provide a natural look and color to your hair. So, if you're looking for a natural and eco-friendly way to dye your hair, just use potato peels.
Our post titled Darken Graying Hair Using Potato Peels will tell you everything you need to prepare the treatment at home.
Apart from antioxidant and antibacterial compounds, potato skins also contain phenolic compounds. Together, these compounds have a brightening effect on the skin. Meaning, they can help lighten dark spots on the skin or help reduce dark circles that appear under the eyes.
All you need to do is collect some fresh potato skins and rub them over the dark spots for a few minutes. Alternatively, you can make a fine paste of the peels and rub them on the problem area every day. You should start seeing results in about three weeks!
Now that we have established that potato peels are good for your health, how should we add them to our diet? Well, there are numerous recipes out there for making dishes with potato skins. But, you must first make sure that you are eating them in a healthy way. Otherwise, you won’t get their nutritious benefits.
If you are looking for interesting ways to add potato skins to your diet, here are a few unique suggestions you might like:
* Add them to your salads for a low-calorie healthy lunch.
* Bake a potato without peeling off its skin and add salt and pepper, and very light simple toppings for a nutritious and delicious snack. For this, first put the potatoes in a 400 °F (204.4 °C) oven for an hour and let them bake until the flesh is very soft. Next, cut the potatoes down the middle and insert your favorite toppings.
* Bake potato skins with sour cream, chives, and bacon for a yummy snack.
* Rub the cleaned skins with olive oil and kosher salt and bake them until crispy.
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While potato skins are safe to eat, just make sure to wash them well before cooking to get rid of all the dirt. However, experts say that we shouldn’t eat a potato peel that’s turned green. Since potatoes grow underground, they start turning green when exposed to light. This green color appears because of chlorophyll pigmentation. When this happens, it leads to the formation of an alkaloid called solanine, which can be toxic to humans when consumed in large amounts. Therefore, it’s better to discard a potato that’s acquired a green tinge.
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