Potatoes are one of the most versatile foods available to us. These starchy root vegetables can be baked, boiled, fried, and more to create a wide variety of delicious dishes. Here in the US, we use the humble potato in everything from hearty winter soups, to delicious side dishes, to mouthwatering pub delicacies. No matter your tastes, it seems that everyone has their favorite potato dishes. There’s a reason this comfort food is such a staple of pub fare! But for all its versatility, what benefits do potatoes offer? Largely, it depends on preparation, but there are some key nutritional facts about potatoes to keep in mind in order to healthfully incorporate them into your diet–while still enjoying the famous pub fare staples.
Preparation is one factor for nutrition, but with the approximately 200 varieties of potatoes available, there are some choices that can be healthier than others. Sweet potatoes, for example, are starchy like Russets, but the major difference is the presence of beta carotene in sweet potatoes and yams. Purple potatoes are a great choice for nutritional value as well since they are a great source of antioxidants. Next time you’re in the produce section of your local grocery store, pause to consider the type of potatoes you’re shopping for–you might just find a simple way to increase your consumption of crucial vitamins and minerals!
Potatoes are naturally fat-free, which makes them a healthier starch alternative than many types of bread and rolls. They’re also naturally cholesterol-free and low in sodium! Some pub staples, such as French fries and potato wedges, can add a considerable amount of fat and sodium, so it’s important to enjoy these favorites in moderation! But overall, enjoying a variety of potato dishes in your diet can be a great way to add some fat-free, low sodium root vegetables that are delicious just about any way you slice them!
Vitamins and Minerals
Did you realize that potato skins are a great source of nutrition? The highest concentration of antioxidants, potassium, vitamin C, fiber, and more are present in the potato skins! Keeping potato skins on when cooking and serving is a great way to retain some of these key nutritional factors, so think twice before peeling!
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