The benefits of eating potatoes

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The benefits of eating potatoes
BY Virgin Active South Africa
Posted On 22 May, 2024

Potatoes often get a bad rap, but these humble spuds are packed with nutritional benefits, which South Africans should enjoy. Today, we’re highlighting the potato as a versatile vegetable. On World Potato Day, here’s why you should be adding more potatoes to your plate.

They’re nutritious

Just one potato could provide a good part of your daily potassium needs, which supports healthy blood pressure levels and muscle function. They’re also a great source of vitamin C, which is always welcome on cold, wintery days.

Potatoes make you feel full

Some people call potatoes one of the most satiating foods out there. What does that mean? Potatoes make you feel full and that you have eaten enough. Not to mention, they are a comforting addition to any meal, especially in winter.

Fiber fantastic

Potatoes offer dietary fiber, and this can be found especially in the skin. Getting enough fiber in your diet keeps you feeling fuller for longer and helps with digestion.

Variety is Key

Potatoes come in different shapes and flavours; from sweet potatoes to baby potatoes – there’s something for every meal. There’s also a variety of methods to prepare them in healthy recipes, including; mashed potatoes, chips, baked potatoes or roast potatoes.

Top tip: Try sweet potatoes in the Indie Butta Chicken wrap from Kauai this winter.


Potatoes are an affordable addition to your shopping cart and pair well with many different meals. You can also buy them in bulk as they can keep for a while in the fridge or pantry.

So next time you’re planning or ordering your meals, don’t be afraid to embrace the power of the potato.