baked potatoEssentially, potatoes are a substitute for comfort. These earth vegetables are just divine, particularly when baked. Eating a large baked potato can give one a feeling of virtuousness. This is because the food has a number of health benefits. Here are some of the benefits associated with baked potatoes.

First of all, potatoes are rich in potassium. The Institute of Medicine released a set of guidelines encouraging Americans to maintain a daily potassium level of at least 4,700 milligrams. One of the major effects of potassium is that of blunting the harmful impact of excessive sodium, thereby helping in controlling blood pressure. Studies have shown that there is approximately 100 mg of potassium in eight ounces of baked potatoes.

A second point worth noting is that potatoes have a high content of fiber with their skins on. Approximately 12 percent of the daily fiber needs of an adult woman and eight percent of the fiber needs of an adult male are provided by one baked potato. Fiber is essential in aiding digestion and allowing for efficient nutrient absorption. Baked potatoes contain both insoluble and soluble fibers. The major role of soluble fiber is controlling cholesterol. Insoluble fiber on the other hand eases passing of waste through the body system. Another beneficial aspect of baked potatoes is the fact that they have low calorie content. Only about 170 calories are contained in one medium-sized baked potato. Even if one indulges in a large-sized potato, only 300 calories are consumed. The calorie count of potatoes is mainly piled up by heaving toppings such as butter, cheese, sour cream and bacon. Instead of using such toppings, try consuming baked potatoes with salsa.