HEALTH BENEFITS OF POTATOES

Potatoes are certainly one of the most versatile vegetables in the produce aisle! You cook them in multiple ways: baked, mashed, roasted, steamed, boiled, grilled, and microwaved but that’s not the only reason we’re big potato fans. According to our friends at Green Giant™ Fresh Potatoes, “Potatoes are a super food, supplementing your body with many beneficial nutrients.” Read on to learn how potatoes can improve your health!

Green Giant™ Fresh Potatoes

Of course, there are ways to make healthy potatoes unhealthy by dropping them in a deep fryer. But when prepared in a healthier way, potatoes can provide your body with protein, vitamin c, potassium, fiber, vitamin B6, and many more necessary vitamins and nutrients. Plus, 20% of a potatoes’ nutrition is in the skin, so leave the skin on when enjoying delicious potatoes at home.

Mashed Potatoes

In fact, here’s a breakdown of what potatoes provide:

  • Only 110 Calories: One medium potato makes a healthy side for any meal, or a hearty mid-day snack!
  • Potassium: One medium potato with skin provides 15% of the recommended daily value of potassium.
  • Vitamin C: Healthy potatoes are a great source of Vitamin C, providing you with 30% of your recommended daily value.
  • Fiber: Get 2 grams of Fiber per serving! One medium potato with skin = 1 serving.
  • Vitamin B6: Potatoes are a good source of Vitamin B6 with 10% of the daily recommended value.

In the age of the internet and information that spreads faster than you can fact-check it, you may have heard claims about white potatoes being unhealthy or causing weight gain. Here’s the truth about the most popular potato variety – the Russet. See for yourself why russet potatoes are a healthy decision:

  • Russets are cholesterol free, sodium free, fat free.
  • Russets provide 45% of the recommended daily value of Vitamin C, 18% daily Potassium, 15% daily fiber.
  • Russets are loaded with many trace minerals such as copper, manganese, phosphorus, pantothenic and folic acids.
  • Russets provide 3g of protein, and vitamins B3 and B6.
  • Russets are one of the richest sources of potassium, too, so important for our heart health.

If you’re looking for a quicker way to enjoy healthy potatoes at home, we suggest giving any of Green Giant™ Fresh specialty potatoes a try: One Step…Done™ Potatoes, Minute Mashers™ Mashed Potatoes, and the new Minute Mashers™ with Gravy! They’re the perfect potatoes providing convenience and ease of preparation without sacrificing quality, taste, and health! Inside each of these packages are real, farm-fresh potatoes, real butter, and real seasonings just like the ones in your own kitchen. Just take a look at this Minute Mashers nutrition label!

Minute Mashers™ Nutrition

The next time you’re searching for a healthy veggie for dinner tonight, consider potatoes from Green Giant™ Fresh potatoes.