You Say Poh-Tay-Toe, I say Poh-Tah-Toe

This post was written by an intern at our home office.  It has some interesting facts about potatoes and nutrition.  Plus, at the end there is the best sentence ever “Why not let your canine buddies dwell in the benefits….”.   I love articles from different countries for this reason alone.  The translation is always just a smidge off.  So enjoy learning some stuff about potatoes and then dwell in the benefits of this article.  

Potatoes have been around for a long time and have been selectively bred and cultivated for centuries in order to meet our nutritional needs, becoming a major staple in our diets. But why do we love our potatoes so much? Apart from tasting great, potatoes also come packed with a high content of vitamins, minerals, and an assortment of phytochemicals, such as beta-carotene, that are beneficial for health. A medium-sized potato with the skin contains 27 mg of vitamin C (45% of the Daily Value (DV)), 620 mg of potassium (18% of DV), 0.2 mg vitamin B6 (10% of DV) and trace amounts of thiamin, riboflavin, folate, niacin, magnesium, phosphorus, iron, and zinc. The fiber content of a potato with skin (2 g) is equivalent to that of many whole grain breads, pastas, and cereals.

The potato is also known for its carbohydrate content, mostly in the form of starch. Resistant starch, the portion of starch that remains undigested after passing through the stomach and small intestines, offers the same health benefits as fiber. It provides bulk, improves glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity, offers protection against colon cancer, lowers plasma cholesterol and triglyceride concentrations, and increases satiety (potatoes are ranked highly on the satiety index, meaning that one will require less potatoes compared to other foods to achieve the same satiety level). Naturally, potatoes are also found to contain very little fat, with only less than 0.2% fat content.

With the many wonders of potatoes humans can benefit from consumption, why not let your canine buddies dwell in the benefits that potatoes have to offer as well? Many of Addiction’s products contain potatoes, ensuring that your pets benefit from the many nutrients that potatoes contain. So if you’re looking for pet foods containing potatoes with quality nutrition, look no further, look for Addiction today!


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