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Potatoes: America’s #1 Veggie

Potatoes are such a tasty and versatile food.

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 a variety of 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 also pack a nutritional punch.

Like oranges, potatoes are very high in vitamin C. The fact is, one medium potato contains 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 contains no fat, sodium, or cholesterol. The skins of the
potatoes provide a helpful dose of fiber, iron,  potassium, calcium, zinc, phosphorus, and several B vitamins.

Potatoes are naturally gluten-free and they’re packed with nutritional benefits needed for a healthy lifestyle, such as:
  • Just 110 calories (this can vary on how you cook them)
  • No fat, sodium or cholesterol
  • Nearly half your daily value of vitamin C
  • More potassium than a banana
  • A good source of vitamin B6
  • Fiber, magnesium and antioxidants
  • Resistant starch

Health Benefits of Potatoes:

  • Assist in reducing Inflammation
  • Assist in Regulating Blood Pressure
  • Helps Calm You Down
  • Heart-Healing Properties
  • Improve Brain Health
  • Help Promote Digestion
  • Promote Better Sleep

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 different tasty foods, and they provide our bodies with plenty of healthful benefits. We all eat potatoes, some of us even grow our own. Whether you grow your on or buy them, the potato is  the one vegetable that makes everything just a  little bit better.

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