|Half a medium potato!|
Traditionally, many diets advise us to shy away from anything that is ‘white’! You know, bread, rice, pasta and potatoes! They cite the high caloric loads vis a vie the carbs that these food bring to the plate. However, I beg to differ when it comes to potatoes. When eating properly, they can be fit into most diets while at the same time bringing good nutrition as part of the bargain.
Fact 1: Potatoes offer themselves up as an excellent source of potassium.
Fact 2: Potatoes are a great source of dietary fiber and here is a little known fact. If you cook a potato and then chill it, you can effectively double the soluble fiber content. I will typically nuke a small russet potato in the microwave in the morning and will then let it sit in the fridge until dinnertime. After a quick trip back to the microwave, I’ve given myself a food that is high in potassium, vitamin C and fiber!
Fact 3: When eaten with milk or green beans, you’ll be getting all 9 of the essential amino acids your body can’t produce itself!
Fact 4: Eating half a medium sized potato (~80 grams) delivers only 85 calories while adding 12% of needed vitamin C and potassium to you daily intake.