The potato was brought back to Europe by Christopher Columbus. It was already cultivated in tropical America and Polynesia. Its presence in Peru according to archaeological studies dates back to 8,000 years before our era. It was also grown in India before the 16th century. It was in 1750 that it began to be cultivated in France. The name patata comes from the Spanish “batata”, itself borrowed from the language of the Amerindian people Arawak. In Central America and the Philippines, sweet potato is called “camote”. In Polynesia, its small name is “kumara”.
Potato is a good source of vitamins A and B6, copper and manganese. The consumption of foods rich in vitamin A helps prevent the risk of cataracts, certain cancers such as that of the esophagus, and breast. A deficiency of vitamin B6 can lead to nervous and psychic disorders as well as loss of appetite. Copper strongly stimulates the natural defenses of immunocompromised people, helping them to fight microbes and viruses. Its antibacterial property is valuable in the event of an influenza epidemic, for example.
Manganese is an essential nutrient for bone formation. Consumption of sweet potato is good for memory.
According to an epidemiological study, men who have a typical South American diet of sweet potatoes, dry beans, okras (or gombos) and rice, Be affected by prostate cancer.
Also, a study in India showed that potato consumption reduced the risk of gallbladder cancer.
The benefits of potato have been observed in Japan. Researchers have found a significant decrease in the risk of breast cancer in premenopausal women taking sweet potatoes. Potato consumption also reduces the risk of kidney cancer, and the consumption of sweet potato leaves, protects the body against lung cancer and cardiovascular disease.
Eat potatoes and their leaves is a source of health!