There are lots of ideas about nutrition floating out there, and many of them are fads based on suppositions and disinformation. Remember, some people will tell you anything just to sell you something. I believe that disinformation gave potatoes a bad rap, so I am speaking up for POTATOES around the world!  Root veggies have wonderful healthful qualities we should all appreciate.


At our house,  we use a wide variety of colorful potatoes to benefit from the micro-nutrients and antioxidants that colorful veggies offer. Did you know…

• One medium potato (5.3 ounces) with skin is a good source of potassium, providing 620 milligrams or 18% of the recommended daily value (DV) per serving.

• Potatoes rank highest for potassium content among the top 20 most frequently consumed raw vegetables and the top 20 most frequently consumed raw fruits. THEY HAVE MORE THAN BANANAS. BOOM!

• Eating just one medium potato – about the size of a computer mouse – can get you well on your way to meeting your daily potassium requirement.

• Potatoes are an excellent source of vitamin C (45% of the DV), which is more vitamin C than one medium tomato (40% DV) or sweet potato (30% DV).

• One medium potato (5.3 ounces) with the skin contributes 2 grams of fiber or 8% of the daily value per serving.

• Potatoes are a good source of vitamin B6 with 10% of the recommended daily value.

• One medium potato provides 6% of the recommended daily value of iron as well as trace amounts of thiamine, riboflavin, folate, magnesium, phosphorous, and zinc

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The reason for their bad rap,  in my humble opinion, comes from the idea that starchy carbohydrates cause weight gain. Many ancient cultures used them as staples and had no sign heart disease, diabetes or obesity.  Another part of the probem, I think, comes from the fact that most Fast Food chains have us thinking that their French Fries are real potatoes. They aren’t at all, in most cases. Plus, they are cooked in nasty oils that your body stores as FAT. Fries at our house are thin cut russet potatoes baked on a stone for 15 minutes with a dash of sea salt.  Another reason for weight gain associated with this vegetable may be that people load baked potatoes with very fattening toppings,  load mashed potatoes with butter and salt and fry hash browns in lard ect. None of this has anything to do with the nutritional value of a potato.

So next time you hear someone talking smack about potatoes, ask them where else they get a days worth of potassium, great amounts of fiber, plus antioxidants, iron and vitamin C for 110 calories a serving. And by the by, there is no supplement as well tested and proven to work for our bodies like vegetables.

Ladies and Gentlemen, the potato is back on the menu!