1. Potatoes are high in vitamin C and potassium. In fact, just 1 medium potato has 45% of the vitamin C and 21% of the potassium our bodies need every day for good health.
2. Potatoes are also a good source of fiber! Just one serving of potatoes have 12% of the fiber we need every day.
3. Did you know potato skins also have nutrients. In fact, potato skins contain fiber, potassium, iron, calcium, zinc, phosphorus and B vitamins. That's why it's best to eat potatoes with their skins!
4. One medium potato has almost three times more potassium than one medium orange.
5. Baked potatoes are the most popular way Americans like to eat them at home.
6. Potatoes are the most popular vegetable among Americans.
7. Potatoes are included in one out of every three meals that Americans eat.
- It is a little known fact that the green on the skin of a potato is a natural reaction to the potato being exposed to too much light. It produces a bitter taste and should be cut away before cooking of eating.
- Fresh, grown potatoes have more potassium than bananas, spinach and broccoli. Potatoes contain antioxidants; the amount and type depend upon the variety and cultivar.
- The predominant antioxidants in potatoes are vitamin C, certain carotenoids, and anthocyanins.
- Potassium helps maintain normal blood pressure. Potatoes are a good source of potassium.
- Potatoes are an excellent source of vitamin C, which acts as an antioxidant stabilizing free radicals, thus helping prevent cellular damage.
- Vitamin C aids in collagen production, assists with iron absorption, keeps your gums healthy and helps heal cuts and wounds. Potatoes are high in vitamin C.
- Potatoes contribute vitamin C to the diet, which helps protect your body from infection by keeping your immune system healthy.
- Potatoes are sodium free.
- Diets low in sodium may reduce the risk of high blood pressure, a disease associated with many factors.
- Potatoes are 100% fat free. Eating a healthful diet low in fat may reduce the risk of some types of cancers, a disease associated with many factors.
- Potatoes contain no fat, saturated fat or cholesterol. While many factors affect heart disease, diets low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of this disease.
- Low fat diets rich in fruits and vegetables (foods that are low in fat and may contain dietary fiber, Vitamin A, or Vitamin C) may reduce the risk of some types of cancer, a disease associated with many factors. Potatoes are naturally fat free and an excellent source of vitamin C.
- Diets containing foods, like potatoes, that are a good source of potassium and that are low in sodium may reduce the risk of high blood pressure and stroke.
- Diets rich in fruits and vegetables may reduce the risk of some types of cancer and other chronic diseases, according to the National Cancer Institute.
- Fruits and vegetables are a healthy source of carbohydrate.
- Parents who eat a variety of fruits and vegetables daily are teaching their children an important behavior they are likely to imitate, and one that can provide them with disease-fighting benefits for a lifetime.
- Eating fruits and vegetables in place of calorie-rich foods that are high in total fat, saturated fat, trans fat, and sugar, along with regular physical activity may help with weight control.
- People who eat 5 or more fruits and vegetables every day as part of a healthy diet are less likely to develop cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and other chronic diseases.
- One medium-sized potato has 110 calories.