Potatoes aren't just good; they're good for you.
Just check the label. America's favorite vegetable is
naturally fat free, only 110 calories, rich in vitamin C and potassium and
a good source of fiber. No wonder leading nutrition experts like Harvard
Medical School's Dr. George L. Blackbum and Registered Dietitian Ann M.
Coulston, past president of the American Dietetic Association, recommend
potatoes as part of a healthy, balanced diet.
Did You Know:
- One medium potato serving (approximately 5.3 ounces) provides you
with 45% of your Daily Value for Vitamin C, 21% of your Daily Value for
Potassium and 3 grams of Fiber with only 110 calories.
- Contrary to a common misconception, potatoes are not high in
calories. One medium size potato contains 110 calories, while a one-cup
serving of rice has 225 calories and a cup of pasta has 155 calories
- Potatoes have more potassium than a banana.
- Potatoes have more Vitamin C than an orange.
- Potatoes have more fiber than an apple.
- Potatoes are classified as a vegetable.
- The National Cancer Institute recommends increasing consumption of
fruits and vegetables to reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as
- The average American eats 137.9 pounds of potatoes each year.
- Potatoes should be stored at room temperature in a dark area.
- Potatoes are the second most consumed food in the U.S., trailing
only to milk products.