Like many people, I was under the impression (from diet and fitness magazines of yesteryear) that, aside from some vitamins in the skin, potatoes were pretty much just all starchy carbs. And we all know how evil carbs are. Aaaahhh! My wise and knowledgeable friends insisted that taters are not only delicious, they are also very nutritious.
THE HEALTHFUL POTATO
Misinformation and misconceptions regarding the nutritional value of the potato abound. In fact, an average (~5.3 oz) potato with the skin contains:
And potatoes with the skin on are an excellent source of fiber. In fact, with 2 grams of fiber per serving, a potato equals or exceeds that of many "whole" grain products-whole grain bread, whole wheat pasta and many cereals. Despite the popular notion, the majority of nutrients are not found in the skin, but in the potato itself. Nonetheless, leaving the skin on the potatoes retains all the nutrients, the fiber in the skin and makes potatoes easier to prepare.
- 45% of the daily value for vitamin C
- 620 mg potassium, comparable to bananas, spinach and broccoli
- trace amounts of thiamin, riboflavin, folate, magnesium, phosphorous, iron and zinc
- all for only 110 calories and no fat.
Needless to say, I was wrong. (See, I can admit it.) And learning the nutritional benefits of potatoes got me really, really excited about all of the delicious possibilities. And I'm not talking butter, sour cream, bacon and cheese. THAT is when good potatoes turn BAD!
So for the next few days, I will be paying homage to the potato. My attempt at retribution for the slanderous and libelous remarks I've made about them in recent years.