SERVING SIZE: 1/2 whole
SPECIES: Solanum tuberosum
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How Can This Ayurvedic Food Make You Feel Great?
Causes Weight GainThe abundance of starch in potato and their high glycemic index cause weight gain.This heaviness puts you to sleep and can slow digestion.
Cools InflammationPotatoes, un-remedied by spices and cooking, cause gas and weight gain. They are naturally astringent, a unique quality among starches. Potatoes are also soothing and demulcent, making them useful for cooling inflammation in the GI tract.
Digestibility of PotatoesThe fiber content of potatoes aids regular elimination, while their astringency binds overly loose stools. The heaviness of potatoes, un-remedied by spices, makes them difficult to digest for Vata. In that case, add spices like turmeric, cumin or black pepper. Salt and lime juice can help, as well as pureeing potatoes with water for a thin potato soup. As with all members of the nightshade family, eat sparingly if you have a weak liver or arthritis.