A study published May 15 tells a more complete story of the potato, shunned from nearly every diet plan. People wanting to lose weight and eat healthy are told to stay away from white foods, such as sugar, bread and potatoes. The study gives the nutritious facts of the potato: ” Rank 6 score, a nutrient density measure was based on six nutrients: dietary fiber; potassium; magnesium; and vitamins A, C, and K. For the more frequently consumed vegetables, potatoes and beans were the lowest-cost sources of potassium and fiber.”
Pound for pound and penny for penny, the potato provides nutrition needed for growing boys and girls, while keeping their stomachs full. This is not to say that the potato should dominate the plate, but the time has come to stop disrespecting the white potato. It plays an important role in keeping children and adults from going hungry, while providing necessary vitamins and nutrients.
The study was based on 100-calorie bowls of vegetables and potatoes. When fresh, frozen or canned vegetables are unaffordable, the humble potato steps in to alleviate hunger.
How to eat a nutritious potato on Memorial Day:
- Wash and wrap potatoes in their skins in aluminum foil.
- Start the coals burning in the Barb-B-Que pit.
- When coals are red hot, lay the potatoes around the outer edges of the coals. Allow them to cook 10-15 minutes before the meat is put on the grill.
- When potatoes have been cooking for 10-15 minutes, add the meat to the grill.
- Turn potatoes over once the meat has been added.
- Serve the meat and the roasted potatoes.
Season the potato with low-fat sour cream, a pat of real butter and two percent, low-fat cheddar cheese shreds. Adding chives and parsley adds to the flavor and the nutrition. Any left-over potatoes should be refrigerated. The following morning, slice the cold potatoes and fry them in Extra-virgin olive oil for a nutritious breakfast.
The study was funded by the United States Potato Board and adds to the growing database of nutrition science that supports potatoes in a healthful diet. In addition, one medium-size (5.3 ounce) skin-on potato contains just 110 calories per serving, boasts more potassium (620g) than a banana (450g), provides almost half the daily value of vitamin C (45 percent), and contains no fat, sodium or cholesterol.
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