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Unpacking the health benefits of America’s Favorite Vegetable
As a health professional, you’re always looking for credible nutrition information and guidance. Here you’ll find a diverse collection of science-based potato nutrition materials. From research, to handouts, get the resources you need to teach your clients about the role potatoes play in a healthful diet.
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Science-based potato nutrition information is critical.
In recent years, the dietary value of carbohydrate foods has come under increased scrutiny.
The following research is available to help increase understanding of the role potatoes play in promoting health, including cardiometabolic health, healthy dietary patterns, and healthy lifestyles (with an emphasis on athletic performance and life stages).
Potato University is an online education platform helping registered dietitians leverage their expertise by gaining insights into how potatoes fit into a healthy diet. The following course is approved for 1CEU (continuing education unit).
All varieties of potatoes are nutritious, and while nutrients may vary slightly depending on the variety, the differences are minimal.
Can you eat potatoes if you’re trying to lose weight?
You can include potatoes as part of a weight loss program. It’s calories that count, not eliminating certain foods. Among a study of participants, those who ate potatoes as part of a calorie reduced eating plan still lost weight.
Are there differences in nutrient content between fresh, frozen, and instant (dehydrated) potatoes?
Processed potatoes deliver the same nutrients as fresh potatoes (such as potassium, vitamin C, and fiber), but the amounts will vary depending on the form. Click here to find out more about the nutrient content in potato forms.
Are potato chips highly processed?
Potato chips are minimally processed and typically made with three ingredients found in the most homes – potatoes, vegetable oil and salt.
How do white potatoes and sweet potatoes compare when it comes to their nutrition?
Both sweet and white potatoes provide an excellent source of vitamin C, are good sources of potassium and B6, and provide similar amounts of protein (2g and 3g respectively). Click here to see the nutrition comparison of White Potatoes and Sweet Potatoes.
Are potatoes fattening?
Potatoes are naturally fat-free.
If I am trying to lose weight, do I need to avoid potatoes?
Research demonstrates that people can eat potatoes and still lose weight. There is no evidence that potatoes when prepared in a healthful manner, impede weight loss.
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Are all the nutrients in the skin of the potato?
No. The notion that all the nutrients are in the skin is a myth. While the skin does contain approximately half of the total dietary fiber, most (> 50%) of the nutrients are found within the potato itself. For more information, please click here.
Do potatoes have a high glycemic index (GI)?
The GI of potatoes is highly variable and depends on various factors, including the potato type, origin, processing, and preparation.
Should people with diabetes avoid foods like potatoes?
According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), starchy vegetables such as potatoes can be included in the diet of a person with diabetes. The total amount of carbohydrate consumed at any given meal or snack is what is most important.
Are potatoes good for you?
Yes, potatoes are naturally fat-free, cholesterol-free, and sodium-free. In addition, potatoes are an excellent source of vitamin C, and a good source of potassium. Foods that are good sources of potassium and sodium-free, such as potatoes, may reduce the risk of high blood pressure and stroke.