The fiber found in potatoes is a special type called “resistant starch,” which has the health benefits of soluble and insoluble fiber. Like soluble fiber, the resistant starch in potatoes acts as a prebiotic, compound that is helpful to the bacteria in your gut. It can prevent or treat constipation and irritable bowel syndrome-like insoluble fiber.
Potatoes are packed with antioxidants, molecules that fight free radicals from causing damage to your cells. A diet high in antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables may lower your risk of heart disease and cancer.
Baked potato skin is a great source of potassium and magnesium. When you don’t have enough potassium in your diet, your body retains extra sodium, and too much sodium raises your blood pressure. A potassium-rich diet can help decrease blood pressure, protecting the heart and reducing the risk of stroke.