Great News About The White Potato

Potatoes have gotten a bad wrap.

We've been told potatoes are a fattening starch and not the best vegetable in the bin.

But it turns out it's not the potato itself, it's the french fry and the potato chip that are the bad culprits.

Advances in Nutrition released new guidelines for the white potato, which if prepared in a healthy way have an important role in a nutritious diet.”

Potatoes are full of important nutrients and vitamins in addition to being high in fiber.

They also contain essential amino acids.

Now it's true the carbohydrate or starchy part of the potato ranks high on the glycemic index (GI) which means it enters the bloodstream faster.

While that's not good for many, it is good for endurance athletes.

Tara Gidus, R.D., a spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association says "A large baked potato is just as effective as pasta at getting runners ready for a hard or long workout." One medium baked white potato is approximately 170 calories, 37g of carbs, 5g of protein, and 4g of fiber with absolutely no fat.

More on the good news on  potatoes HERE.

Why you should go organic on potatoes HERE.

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