The potato, is a starch-rich plant and very nutritious food.
It is a plant native to the highlands of Mexico, Peru, Chile, and Colombia, where Indians, Incas, Aztecs lived. Transferred from South America to Spain by Spanish explorers and quickly expanded throughout Europe.
Came to Greece from her first Governor, Ioannis Kapodistrias, who with a clever trick managed to give the Greeks this wonderful and nutritious gift.
During the World Wars, it fed and kept many people alive and was therefore called “Food for the Poor”.
The potato is extremely healthy and nutritious.
Fibers, potassium, vitamins B6, B3 and B9, vitamin C, vitamin D, magnesium, manganese, iron, folic acid, starch resistant.
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As a root, the potato absorbs all the soil pesticides. More than 35 different types of pesticides have been found in conventional potatoes according to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Pesticide Data Program:
– 6 of them are probably carcinogenic
– 12 are suspected of hormonal disorders
– 7 contain neurotoxins
– 6 contain developmental or reproductive toxins
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The consumer should not be discouraged by potato consumption, but should choose organic potatoes or potatoes from producers who know they do not use pesticides.