Potato flour is basically made from potatoes, including their skins. The potatoes are cooked with skins, then they are dried and ground to fine powder. It is a fine-textured, gluten-free flour. Potato flour can be white or off-white in color. It is heavier in weight than Potato Starch.
Health benefits of ‘Potato Powder’
Many of the essential nutrients that you get from cooked potatoes are present in ‘Potato Powder’. It is a particularly good source of:
- Vitamins: Potato Powder is a rich source of many important nutrients including several B vitamins like niacin and thiamin. You also get a moderate amount of vitamin C from it, which is unusual for processed food.
- Minerals: You can get a wide range of minerals from potato flour including potassium, magnesium, and phosphorus.
- Protein: With 11 g per cup, potato Powder cannot be considered a rich source of protein compared to other flours, but it is still a significant amount.
- Fiber: Like the potatoes from which it comes, potato flour is an excellent dietary fiber source.
Add potato Powder to your diet if you want to treat or prevent health problems like:
- Constipation: The fiber in potato Powder can help food to move through your digestive system more quickly.
- Gluten intolerance: Potato Powder is gluten-free, which means that it is a safe wheat flour alternative for people who cannot consume gluten.
Potato flour is versatile and can be used in baked goods and as both a binder and a thickener. When using it as a thickener it is important to exercise caution since it can develop a glue-like consistency in some cases.
To make it an even more effective wheat flour substitute, combine it with other gluten-free flours like rice flour. It works especially well in the breading for fried foods since it tends to crisp up faster than wheat flour. Potato flour was one of the ingredients in the original dough for Krispy Kreme donuts, though it has since been replaced by other flours.