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Eyes on Potatoes

 

When you peel away all the mystery about nutrients, potatoes are right up there as a power food. Potatoes are a wonderful source of complex carbs and thus function as a great energy food. They are also fat free. What makes potatoes even more interesting is that they are a good source of both potassium and fiber.

Potassium plays an important role in maintaining healthy blood pressure. The 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans say a potassium-rich diet also blunts the effects of salt on blood pressure, may reduce the risk of developing kidney stones, and could possibly decrease bone loss with age.

Fiber has a number of health benefits including improving “regularity” and reducing the risk of coronary heart disease. One medium-baked potato, with the skin, offers 3 grams of dietary fiber at only 100 calories. That makes baked potatoes an excellent source of fiber; a fact which I think will surprise a lot of people.

Visit the Idaho Potato Commission Web site, www.idahopotato.com, for more information on the health benefits of potatoes and potato recipes; and www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org for information on adding more fruits and vegetables to your family’s diet.



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