A Potpourri of Potentials of the Potato
GLIMPSE from the past…
A Potpourri of Potentials
I’ve noticed that for most of the viands served everyday in the restaurants and in the homes sinigang, adobo, paksiw, nilaga, and the like, the presence of a potato is there.
At first, I’m not that bothered because it’s very casual to see potatoes swimming specially in soups. But, as I perused about it from different sources of information such as books and the World Wide Web, it’s very surprising to note that grams of potatoes contain Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, potassium, thiamin, magnesium, folate, iron, niacin, pantothenic acid, manganese, copper, and dietary fiber. The first three nutritional components account the highest percentage. It’s seemingly tantamount of eating guava, banana, and apples in one.
I went over reading with the note from Leon Askin, an Austrian actor that he is always served with thin coffee during breakfast, potato soup with some meat for lunch and in dinner, a very thin meat soup with potatoes.
Undeniably, potato, stored as glycogen in our body, provides energy during prolonged, strenuous works or exercises.
However the role of potato as an efficient energy giver does not only end up in giving energy to our body but also in lighting up a light emitting diode (LED) by just following the correct set-up of charges. It was proven true by John Ian Baytamo, a junior student of Quirino High School Project 3, Quezon City with his experiment entitled ‘Specialized Stem Power’ unveiling the viability of potato as an energy source. The experiment was presented internationally via SKYPE during the YouthCaN 2011 last April 4 at the American Museum of Natural History New York City.
I and Ms. Rosalina Molina (we’re both master teachers) acted as Baytamo’s experiment advisors with the support of our very own principal, Dr. Alejandro S. Referente, colleagues, QHS SiSeedLaN, and SEED Texas.
YouthCaN is an international event based at New York City held annually showcasing knowledge, and innovations of the youth from different countries of the world in protecting the MOTHER EARTH.
By and large, potato’s potpourri of potentials is really great but still unnoticed by many.