Liquefied potato doesn’t have the same #FoodPorn vibe as other juices. But it should! Drinking raw potato juice is a bangin’ way to boost your health game. Here’s what this spudsy beverage has to offer.
Mashed potatoes are life, but a juiced raw potato can give you a bunch of different nutrients that a cooked or baked potato just can’t.
More good news: Potato juice might help your tummy. A small 2006 study found that it could help with digestive issues like acid reflux. And more recent research on rats suggests that potato juice might help reduce symptoms of some gastrointestinal diseases.
Here are some other health benefits you can get from drinking potato juice.
OJ isn’t the only vitamin C superstar. One cup of potato juice can help you reach the reference daily intake (RDI) for vitamin C. That’s great news for your immune system!
Potatoes are a solid source of B vitamins. They’re loaded with vitamin B1 (thiamine) and vitamin B3 (niacin). They also have a bit of vitamin B2 (riboflavin) and vitamin B6.
Potassium helps keep many of your bodily functions in check, including:
Iron is a go-to mineral for fighting fatigue. It also helps oxygen flow through your body. One large unpeeled potato provides 3.2 milligrams of iron, which is about 18 percent of your RDI.
A lot of folks don’t get enough calcium on the daily. But potatoes can help! One large potato has about 44 milligrams of calcium.
A 1-cup serving of potatoes has about 11 percent of the RDI of zinc for women and 9 percent for men.
Vitamin K doesn’t get enough credit. It’s a fat-soluble vitamin that helps your blood clot. It also helps calcium move throughout your body. Most adults need 90 to 120 micrograms per day. A glass of potato juice can help you get there.
Beta carotene also might help keep your face fresh. A 2012 study found that it may protect against UV damage, but more research is needed to back this up.
Potato juice also might have anti-inflammatory properties. But there’s still a lack of research in this department.
Making potato juice is super simple. Here’s how to become a potato juice master:
- Give your spuds a good scrub until they’re totally clean. A vegetable brush will help get rid of stubborn dirt and grit.
- Remove green sprouts or dark spots, but leave the skin on! That’s where most of the nutritional value comes from.
- Cut the potatoes into chunks.
- Pop them into a juicer or a traditional blender.
Potato PSA: If you use a blender, you might be left with a bit of potato pulp. It won’t hurt you! But not everyone likes pulpy juice.
It’s the potato’s time to shine! Potato juice is a great way to add extra vitamins and minerals to your diet. It may even improve your skin (but the jury is still out on that). So get out there and slay some spuds! 🥔