Spuds rule! What better accompaniment to fried chicken than some form of potato, be it our delicious potato salad, mashed potato, or fries (regular or poutine)?
How Potatoes Benefit Your Health
The Irish were right about the humble potato – few ingredients are as versatile, affordable, and mouthwatering.
The poor things have gained rather a bad reputation in the last few years of Banting- and Keto-related “carbphobia”. Far from being a bad food choice, potatoes offer a variety of health benefits according to Healthline.com:
- Potatoes are packed with nutrients like vitamin C, vitamin B6, potassium, manganese, and fiber.
- Thanks to their flavonoids, carotenoids, and phenolic acids that act as antioxidants, potatoes neutralize free radicals that increase your risk of cancer, heart disease, and diabetes.
- Potatoes are naturally gluten-free, making them a safe addition to the diets of those suffering from celiac disease or a non-celiac gluten sensitivity.
- The resistant starch in potatoes may aid blood sugar control and digestive health.
How Potatoes Changed the World
Despite their association with Ireland – mainly via The Irish Potato Famine of 1845 – potatoes were first grown by the Inca Indians between 8000 BC to 5000 BC.
Only after Spanish conquistadors conquered Peru in 1536 did they take the tuber back to Europe. In 1589 Sir Walter Raleigh introduced potatoes to Ireland as a garden crop of the gentry. The cool and moist climate of the Emerald Isle was uncannily similar to the South American highlands and by the 1700s potatoes were widely cultivated in Ireland.
The profusion of the crop across the western world was a definitive solution to famine. To encourage the French to eat potatoes, Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI took to wearing the five-lobed purple flowers of potato plants as a fashion accessory.
Fried Chicken Vancouver
As sides for fried chicken go, potatoes can’t be beat! For Vancouver’s best fried chicken, contact your nearest Church’s Chicken branch to place your order for pickup or online delivery through Skip the Dishes.