Potatoes are one of the most consumed foods, after wheat, rice and corn. The taste of the potato is widely accepted by people around the world and of all ages. Potatoes are also part of many delicious dishes, but almost the entire shell is discarded during cooking. The husk of the potatoes protects the nutrients inside the tuber but also has properties that are very beneficial to our body. Peeling the potatoes, we lose these nutrients. Then we share with you the properties you can get from the peel of the potatoes.

Benefits of Potato

Nutritional information

Whenever you talk about the benefits of peeling any product one thing that comes to mind are the fibers. Like any other protective shell, the potato peel contains mainly polysaccharides in the cell wall or commonly known as dietary fibers. About 50% by weight of the potato peel is composed of dietary fibers.

Potato peel is also a rich source of potassium, which plays an important role in electrolyte balance in the body. The shell provides the body with a dose of water-soluble vitamin C, thiamine, riboflavin and niacin. It also contains other minerals such as calcium, manganese, zinc and iron. It also has several phenols and in small amounts that offer various beneficial effects to health.

Traditionally the peel of potatoes is used as a home remedy for various diseases and conditions. Recipes for teas and broths that include shells are found in alternative medicine books, as interest in their nutritional and pharmacological use has increased. The shells offer a wide range of medicinal benefits. In addition, a source of important photochemical offers potential. All this including several health benefits that are presented below:

Aid in digestion           

The gastrointestinal tract benefits from foods containing dietary fiber. About 50% or more of the potato peel consists of dietary fibers. Dietary fibers help to slow the absorption of nutrients in the stomach and give the feeling of satisfaction. Fibers help in the movement of the intestines and relieve constipation. In addition, they avoid the absorption of toxic material and bad cholesterol in the intestine and therefore have a detoxifying effect on the body. This protection of dietary fiber reduces the risk of gastric cancer and prevents colic.

It has antimicrobial and healing properties for wounds

The potato peel has the ability to assist in healing wounds. Boiled peels are often used as an economical dressing material for burns. Clinical studies show that this treatment is effective in healing burns and preventing loss of superficial skin. It also prevents the growth of bacteria and fungi that prevents the development of infections in wounds.

Can prevent cancer

Potato peels are high in dietary fibers that have the potential to block the absorption of toxins that cause cancer in the intestine and thus reduce the risk of colon and stomach cancer. The shell also contains several chemicals that are natural antioxidants and prevent the harmful action of free radicals on the organs of the body that can cause cancer.

Benefit the heart

Potassium reduces the risk of heart attack and other disorders. Dietary fibers are useful in preventing the absorption of bad cholesterol in the gut. Hence, the husk helps to lower blood cholesterol levels and reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease. It also contains various chemicals that are natural antioxidants and helps in protecting the heart from oxidative stress from free radicals.

Helps lower high blood pressure

Potato peel tea has traditionally been used in the treatment of high blood pressure. Some studies have pointed out that the high potassium content in the potato peel reduces the risk of high blood pressure. They also contain a protein called pepsin that lowers blood pressure. To make a tea for the pressure, boil peel of freshly peeled potatoes in water for about 5 minutes. Strain and drink to treat hypertension, rheumatism and another disorder.

Restores electrolyte balance

Potatoes and their shell are an excellent source of potassium. Potassium plays a vital role in maintaining electrolyte balance in the body and regulating metabolism and other body activities. The potato peel tea or broth works in cases where the electrolyte balance of the body and fluids is disturbed, such as when you have colic or fasting. Potato peel stock is considered a nutritious drink after fasting.