Consumers, Health/Nutrition/Food Safety

Debunking the potato stigma

Potatoes used to be a staple in many people’s diet. However, their nutrition has been underestimated lately and they have often been categorized as unhealthy and as a contributor to weight gain. But potatoes can, in fact, act as a great source of a low-glycemic carbohydrate. Slightly cooked potatoes can serve as a very nutritious part of a meal. A medium sized potato contains only 110 calories, and contains no fat, cholesterol, or sodium. When it is eaten with its skin, a potato will have nearly half of the recommended daily value of vitamin C and more potassium than a banana. Athletes and active people who frequently lift weights or engage in long-distance running can take advantage of the potato’s carbohydrates.


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