Fast Facts On Potatoes

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Throughout America, potatoes are the most popular vegetable, even being ahead of other well-known vegetables such as lettuce and onions.  You can cook potatoes in different ways, and they are included in one out of three meals eaten by almost all Americans.  When they are prepared in a healthy way, a potato can be an excellent source of energy and pack a nutritional punch.

Like oranges, potatoes are very high in vitamin C. The fact is, one medium potato has 45% of the vitamin C that’s recommended for good health.   Potatoes are also high in fiber and carbohydrates and contain more potassium than a banana.

A potato is naturally low in calories and has no fat, sodium, or cholesterol.  The skins of the potatoes give a helpful dose of fiber, iron,  potassium, calcium, zinc, phosphorus, and several B vitamins.

You can prepare potatoes by boiling them, steaming them, or even roasting them.  If at all possible, you should avoid putting potatoes in the refrigerator or freezing them, as cold will turn the potato starch to sugar and cause them to turn dark when they are cooked.

When you store potatoes, keep them in a cool, dark place. Too much light will cause them to turn green. You can store them in the basement if you have one, as the basement is the best place to keep potatoes.

From mashed potatoes to baked potatoes, a potato is something we all know and love.  They serve many tasty foods, and they give our bodies plenty of health benefits.  We all eat potatoes, some of us even grow our own.  Whether you grow your own or buy them, the potato is the one vegetable that makes everything just a bit better.

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