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Potassium and Potatoes

Updated on September 23, 2010
Sweet Potato Shoestrings
Sweet Potato Shoestrings

Well here's something I didn't know. Potatoes contain an ingredient that helps to prevent strokes. It doesn't matter what kind of potato, russet, red, sweet potatoes, all of them have huge amounts of potassium.

In a recent study, men and women who consumed the most potassium had a 20 percent lower risk of stroke compared with those who consumed the least amount of the mineral.

I know there are lots of other foods that contain potassium, bananas and blueberries come to mind immediately, but I had no idea that a potato would contain just as much potassium as a banana or a cup of blueberries.

Of course, you can take potassium in pill form, but it's much more satisfying to eat a banana or a potato and, according to health experts, it's much better and safer to get your potassium from foods. Two other common foods containing large amounts of potassium are orange juice and raisins.

Why is potassium so important for your health? Evidently, potassium does a great job of lowering your blood pressure, which can be a real risk for stroke. Seems that potassium has a softening affect on the sodium in your blood. It also helps to keep blood clots from forming and arteries from hardening.

Baked Sweet Potato Shoestrings

*We bake our shoestring potatoes instead of deep-frying them because after a certain age your tummy starts to protest too much fat. But don't worry. These fries are still crispy and delicious (compliments of Karina's Kitchen).

Ingredients
1 sweet potato per person
Light olive oil or organic canola oil, as needed
ground cumin,
thyme,
black pepper,
red pepper,
cinnamon*
For serving:Sea salt, Champagne or rice vinegar

Instructions
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
Peel the sweet potatoes and cut them into long thin shoestrings. Toss them into a bowl and drizzle with light olive oil; stirring lightly to coat.Generously season them.

My seasoning mix is equal shakes of: cumin, thyme and black pepper; and a little bit of hot red pepper and cinnamon.

Throw them on a baking sheet. Spread evenly- in one layer, if possible.Bake in the upper portion of your oven for about 20 to 30 minutes- until they are tender and sizzling and crispy around the edges.

Season with sea salt immediately. (Adding salt after they roast keeps them crisper.) Serve with a sprinkle of champagne vinegar (at the table) or scarf them down plain.

Click here to see a video on making Sweet Potato Shoestrings


 

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      Nancy Hinchliff 6 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      You're oh so right. And they taste so good.

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      SweetiePie 6 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Glad to read about people cited research where potatoes are not being vilified. I never understood the allure of the Atkins diet because it prohibited healthful foods such as potatoes.

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      Nancy Hinchliff 6 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      So, Lisa, I think you should start eating a lot of potatoes and bananas. :=)

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      Lisa HW 6 years ago from Massachusetts

      I didn't know about preventing strokes either. The one thing I do know is that I have a tendency not to get enough potassium, and as a result, every several months it will catch up to me and I'll start getting muscle cramping (especially foot cramping). Adding potassium eliminates the problem with a day or two.

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      Nancy Hinchliff 6 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      I think the foods that supposedly aggravate arthritis are called Nightshades:Potatoes, tomatoes, sweet and hot peppers, eggplant, tomatillos, tamarios, pepinos, pimentos, paprika, cayenne, and Tabasco sauce are classified as nightshade foods. For info, check out the following link:

      http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=george&am...

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      Cynthia 6 years ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

      delicious hub alekhouse... i'm also going to try the shoestring sweet potato recipe ASAP. I do know what kimh039 means though about being confused by all the conflicting information... just dipped into a book called The PH Miracle where the spud is demonized as the most acid-creating vegetable, and definitely something you want to avoid if you don't want to have arthritis, etc. I think I'll go with your information for now. Thanks! ~Cynthia

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      Nancy Hinchliff 6 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      I know they grow sweet potatoes where you live. How do they usually cook them there? Let me know how the shoestrings turn out.

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      Tony McGregor 6 years ago from South Africa

      Great Hub and very interesting info. The recipe looks wonderful also. Will try it this week end!

      Love and peace

      Tony

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      Nancy Hinchliff 6 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      Very funny...Yeah, a lot of people aren't aware of this. I love potatoes too. Now I feel really good about eating them. Thanks, Brian.

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      Brian Stephens 6 years ago from Castelnaudary, France

      Excellent news, I am a real potato head and for years my wife has been saying I eat too many. Guess who was the first person I told about this :-)

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      Nancy Hinchliff 6 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      We probably read the same thing. Thanks, Audrey

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      Audrey Kirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

      Great information and I had just read something about this the other day!

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      Nancy Hinchliff 6 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      Good. Tell me how you like it.

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      Natural Remedy 6 years ago from Canada

      I am going to try the Baked Sweet Potato Shoestring recipe today.

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      Nancy Hinchliff 6 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      Thanks, Kim. Glad you're watching your diet now and glad you enjoyed the hub.

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      Kim Harris 6 years ago

      Well, it's good to know that there is something healthy about my diet! I do eat potatoes. I understand sweet potatoes are much better than potatoes in terms of carbs or cholesterol or calories or something. Thanks for the info alekhouse. I'm only recently becoming concerned about healthy eating as I am becoming more aware of the consequences of unhealthy diet.....although it is hard to keep up with at times and to know you're getting reliable info.

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      Nancy Hinchliff 6 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      @Violetsun; Glad to hear about your healthy eating. I try to do the same. In fact, had a half of one of those giant Idahos, baked, for dinner last night.Sooooo good. I also eat a lot of blueberries and bananas.

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      Nancy Hinchliff 6 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      @bayoulady: You're absolutely right. Thanks for the comment.

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      VioletSun 7 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Didn't know this! I eat bananas and blueberries almost daily, but its good to know that potatoes are also good source of potassium. I worry on occasion about strokes, because it's in my family, so I take care of myself and also my mate by cooking healthy foods for the most part.

      Thanks for the recipe and info!

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      bayoulady 7 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA

      Enjoyed your food facts.Recently I was amazed at the amount of potassium in milk as well. So if one had a cup of milk and a seet potatoe, that should be a huge amount!

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      Nancy Hinchliff 7 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      Let me know how you like them when you make them. I'm thinking abou making them tomorrow.I love them.

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      Linda Rogers 7 years ago from Minnesota

      That is nice to hear potatoes have a health benefit because I love them. I'm definitely bookmarking this nummy recipe. Thanks:)

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      Nancy Hinchliff 7 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      They are delicious. One of my favorites dishes. Glad you liked the hub

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      Steph Harris 7 years ago from Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom

      Wonderful, interesting hub and I can't wait to try your recipe, it sounds delicious.