Putting off putting potatoes on your plate? Pooey – they’re good for you! Potatoes aren’t the devil food they’ve been made out to be. Of course, if you’re going to go to some big chain restaurant and eat a huge baked potato with sour cream and butter and bacon and who knows what – you’ve got a big, bad plate of high fat poop! For example, one chain restaurant, Ruby Tuesday’s Loaded Baked Potato contains 591 or 688 calories (too high to really make you question it!), 29 g fat and 545 mg sodium. This potato delivers nearly half the fat you should eat in an entire day, and much of that comes from the load of animal fats – sour cream, bacon bits, cheddar cheese, and butter are all heaped upon a delicious low-fat potato which contains about 280 calories and next to no fat!
The potato itself is full of nutrition and should be a part of your healthy diet. One medium potato (150g) with the skin provides almost 30 grams of Vitamin C, almost half of the recommended daily intake. They also contain Vitamin B, folate and minerals such as potassium, magnesium and iron. The Vitamin B6 that you find in potatoes is an excellent source of stress-relieving neurotransmitters like serotonin, dopamine and adrenaline that help you to relax and calm down. And the skins of the potatoes are fiber-rich foods and we know that to be essential to maintaining healthy weight (see F is for Fiber – The Facts for Fabulous Natural Health).