Why Use a Plate When You Can Use a Potato?

Posted 05/31/2012 | By HealthCorps

With all the carb counting going on, it’s easy to forget that the potato has:

  • Potassium
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin A (sweet potatoes have higher levels)
  • Resistant starch, which is less likely to cause dramatic blood sugar swings

Boiling a potato does reduce its vitamin C and B-6. When you bake a potato, you can halve it (keep the skin on for additional nutrient benefits) and top with sautéed vegetables, shredded chicken, lentils and beans for a delicious meal. Drizzle a bit of olive oil and sprinkle some fresh herbs to finish it off.

It’s when you decide to fry potatoes that you undermine the health benefits by adding unwanted oil and unhealthy calories. Baking potato sections that are brushed with oil is a healthier, still tasty option.

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