Although America has creatively re-invented the traditional meat and potatoes diet, potatoes have remained a constant source of nutrition throughout the years. In fact, did you know that potatoes are the second most consumed food in the United States? Flip through a cookbook and you’ll see handfuls of recipes rely on the popularity of potatoes. You may be asking, “What’s the fuss?” Take a look at the nutritional benefits of potatoes and you may see why everyone’s talking.
- Saturated fat-free
- High in vitamin C
- Excellent source of vitamin B6
- Skins are high in potassium (more than a banana!)
- Skins are good source of dietary fiber
How can you reap the benefits?
- Enjoy a minimum of five servings of fruits and vegetables.
- Low-fat diets rich in fiber-containing grain products, fruits, and vegetables may reduce the risk factors of some types of cancer.
- Eat a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol to reduce your risk of heart disease.
- Choose a low-sodium diet to reduce the risk of high blood pressure.