Purple potatoes might not be the first thing that comes to mind when trying to increase vitamin, mineral and antioxidant intake. However researchers… recently developed potato varieties that satisfy these nutritional needs and could act as a preventive measure to several diseases… “There are different colored potatoes such as red, purple, yellow and white with distinctive skin and flesh color… purple and red potatoes are high in antioxidants”… These colorful potatoes could be a good source of nutrition such as vitamin C, resistant starch, folic acid, minerals, potassium, iron, zinc and phenolic compounds.
Antioxidants found in the newly developed potatoes play a critical role in the prevention of several pathological conditions, including cancer, heart disease and atherosclerosis. At a microscopic level, the antioxidants scavenge the action of some free radicals that cause damage to biological molecules, such as proteins and DNA…
Purple and red French fries could be a healthy [rather: healthier] replacement to the traditional French fries from white and yellow potatoes. Some of the newly developed potatoes have lower levels of acrylamide, a chemical formed during the frying or baking of potato tubers… a probable carcinogen.
Collaborative work… further reveals that phytochemicals present in purple and red potatoes have significant properties to reduce cataract formation in diabetic patients… The industry impact could be widespread, since potatoes are the number one vegetable crop in the United States and are the fourth-most-important crop worldwide behind wheat, rice and corn.