Potatoes are packed with healthful carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and fiber. There are different ways to prepare them. Try these tips:
- Don't toss the skins! Potato skins are fiber-rich, about 2 grams per ounce. Potato skins also contain B vitamins, vitamin C, iron, calcium, potassium and other nutrients.
- It's about the phytochemicals! Potatoes contain phytochemicals, which are nutrients that are being studied for their role in protecting us from diseases, like cancer and heart disease.
- Dress them! Make a potato salad by tossing boiled new potatoes with a light vinaigrette. You can also use potatoes in stews and soups to add some thickness and texture.
- More of Them to Love! Did you know there are more than 10,000 varieties of potatoes? They come in different shapes, sizes and colors—ranging from white to black through red, yellow and purple. And don't forget the sweet potato! Delicious as a snack or side dish, they are rich in fiber, beta carotene and vitamins C and B6.