Who would have thought it; potatoes are an excellent crisis survival food. It is dense in carbohydrates for energy, it has complete proteins for muscle maintenance and packs a punch of all around nutrition. The poor Irish under tyrannical British rule, used this tuber to survive for centuries.
It is time to look at the humble potato as part of our crisis gardens.
Lots of Nutrition, Even Protein!
naturalnews.com Too much attention is paid to the starch content and somewhat high glycemic index of potatoes, which is manageable unless you`re a sugarfreak or diabetic.
What’s ignored is the fact that potatoes contain all 22 amino acids to form complete proteinsafter easy digesting. It makes for easier protein absorption than the digestive effort of breaking down the complete proteins in meat and dairy.
Potatoes are a high source of potassium, even more than bananas, and are rich in otherminerals. They are also rich in Vitamin C and B6. More importantly, Agricultural Research Service plant geneticist Roy Navarre has identified 60 different kinds of phytochemicals in the skins and flesh of a wide variety of potatoes.
Some potatoes` phenolic levels rival those of broccoli and spinach. Others contain high amounts of folic acid, quercetin and kukoamines. Only one other food contains all three of those compounds, gogi berries. Potatoes are antioxidant dense as well.
Surviving on Spuds
Potatoes were the main staple of indigenous South American highland natives for centuries. The Spanish conquistadors grabbed a few along with tons of gold and silver and took them back to Europe. They discovered that eating potatoes prevented scurvy!
Slowly, various forms of potato meals became popular among peasants in several European nations. But they really took hold among the Irish. British rule prohibited Irish Catholics from entering the professions or owning land. They had to rent small plots from Anglo-Protestant owners and grow potatoes to survive.
That’s a survival clue. Lots of potatoes can be grown in a small area all year round, and it takes only a few to make a meal. Growing your own and neighborhood growing is gradually catching on. You can find out more by Googling “home grown potatoes” and “planting potatoes”. It`s even practical to grow edible potatoes in patio planters and window flower boxes.
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