The Anti-aging Effects of Purple Potato
Hmm potatoes with baked beans… yum!
If you love potatoes, how about swapping that out for the purple potato?
Research has shown that purple-fleshed potatoes are a rich source of anthocyanins – potent plant-based antioxidant compounds. On top of that, it can even suppress the proliferation of the human colon cancer cells in its early stage and induce the deaths of these cancer cells!
Purple potatoes also contain resistant starch which serves as food for the bacteria in our gut to convert it to beneficial short-chain fatty acids like butyric acid – an acid which regulates the immune function in the gut and suppresses inflammation. Experts recommend eating 1 purple potato for a portion a day.
Here is a recipe you can try:
- 1 garlic clove, cut in half
- 1 ½ pounds purple potatoes, peeled if desired and cut in 1-inch pieces
- Salt and freshly ground pepper
- 2 teaspoons chopped fresh sage
- 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 ounce Parmesan, grated (1/4 cup) (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Rub a 2- or 3-quart baking dish or gratin with the cut side of the garlic and then brush with olive oil. Alternatively, line a sheet pan with parchment and omit the garlic. Place the potatoes in a large bowl. Season to taste with salt and pepper, add the sage and 2 tablespoons of the olive oil and toss again. Arrange in the baking dish or on the baking sheet.
- Bake 40 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. If you are using a baking dish the some of the potatoes might stick, but just coax them away from the dish with your spoon.
- Add the remaining oil and the cheese if using, stir together and bake another 10 minutes, until the potatoes are crispy on the edges. Serve hot or warm.
Article [Potato Power] from anti-aging research science