As one of America’s favorites foods, potatoes make it on to our plates more than any other side dish. Thankfully, they are just as nutritious as they are delicious. In fact, a medium size potato has only 110 calories with no fat or cholesterol. Plus, it’s a great source of potassium, fiber and Vitamin C, as well as protein, Vitamin B, calcium, iron and more. So next time you have a potato, enjoy it, and know you are eating one of nature’s healthiest foods.
Check out this helpful link from Potatoes USA for Potato Nutrition A to Z:
Potatoes eaten with skin are an excellent source of potassium, offering 13 percent of the daily value in just one potato. Potassium helps retain calcium, which is important for strong bones, and it’s great for cardiovascular health. In fact, potatoes qualify for a health claim approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which states: Diets containing foods that are a good source of potassium and that are low in sodium may reduce the risk of high blood pressure and stroke.
One medium potato (5.3 ounces) with the skin contains 2 grams, or 7 percent of the recommended daily intake for fiber. Preliminary studies show that fiber is beneficial for a healthy digestive system and may help reduce the risk of some cancers and possibly heart disease. According to a researcher at Pennsylvania State University, consuming adequate fiber and water helps increase satiety (fullness) between meals.
For vitamin C, don’t just think oranges – think potatoes! Potatoes are one of the leading sources of vitamin C in the American diet. One medium potato contains 30 percent of your recommended daily intake! Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant that helps stabilize free radicals, which may prevent cellular damage, and produces the collagen that helps hold bone tissue together.