Beyond using potatoes in western dishes or ABC soup, try juicing them raw for some health benefits you didn’t expect.
Raw potato juice is starchy with little natural sweetness.
Sure, it’s not the best-tasting thing in the world, but it’s not all that bad — its mild flavour means it can be mixed with other fruit and vegetable juices or even honey without the concoction tasting too funky.
For its multitude of health benefits, it’s worth a try.
1. It soothes your tummy
Potato juice is very alkaline — and it works to neutralise stomach acid and soothe stomach aches. When consumed in their raw state, they also retain a type of resistant starch that reduces gastrointestinal disturbances.
2. It has anti-inflammatory properties
The antioxidants found in raw potato juice have anti-inflammatory properties, which helps to both prevent chronic inflammatory illnesses such as arthritis and eczema, as well as relieve discomfort caused by them.
3. It promotes digestion
Raw potato juice favours the multiplication of beneficial bacteria in the digestive tract, and has been known to not only promote effective digestion, but also improve appetite.
4. It’s good for your skin
Drinking potato juice reportedly reduces excessive dryness of the skin. Or, apply cold potato juice to sunburnt skin for a cooling sensation that’ll alleviate the pain, or to blemishes to treat them.
5. It works wonders for your hair, too
Mix potato juice with aloe vera to get a moisturising hair treatment that’ll help your hair regain its shine. Or, apply a mixture of potato juice, honey and egg white to your hair for a few hours before washing off to stimulate hair growth.
6. It helps your heart
Potato juice is said to be a treatment of sorts for cardiovascular diseases, as it prevents blockages of the arteries and is beneficial for the heart. A cup a day can also help to relieve heartburn.
7. It’s rich in vitamins and minerals
Other than being a good source of protein and fibre, potatoes are rich in nutrients like vitamins A and C, a range of B-vitamins, and minerals like calcium, iron, phosphorus and potassium.
How to juice a potato
Put the potatoes in small chunks through the juicer to extract the juice. Because a large amount of nutrients are found in the skin or under the skin, it’s best done without peeling the potato.
Be sure to use organic potatoes so there aren’t pesticide residues on the skin. Pick the freshest ones, as sprouted or spotted potatoes might give you an upset tummy instead.
A version of this story first appeared on www.thefinder.com.sg.