misunderstood by consumers.
Over the last few years potatoes
have been given a reputation as being bad for you due to some
of the recent diet fads. Potatoes
are actually very nutritious, inexpensive, are not fattening
and are a great option for every
meal every occasion. Check out
the facts vs fictions here to learn
more about the healthy potato. –Chef Hans
Fact or fiction: Potatoes are a simple carbohydrate?
Fact or fiction: Potatoes are a simple carbohydrate? Nothing simple here! The majority of carbohydrates in potatoes are complex carbohydrates. Complex carbohydrates are the type that fuel the body and brain and are the body’s main energy source.
Fact or fiction: All potato nutrients are in the skin.
Fact or fiction: All potato nutrients are in the skin.Not true. The nutrients are fairly evenly distributed between the flesh and the skin. However, potato skins contain a greater portion of folate, iron, and fiber.
Fact or fiction: Potatoes are full of empty calories?
Fact or fiction: Potatoes are full of empty calories?Consider this: one average potato has a quarter of the daily minimum requirement of vitamin C and 20 percent of the daily value of Vitamin B6. It has more potassium than a banana (almost 1g) and possesses cancer fighting phenols that rival those found in broccoli and spinach.
Fact or fiction: Potatoes only taste good when deep fried?
Fact or fiction: Potatoes only taste good when deep fried?Nonsense! Potatoes taste great no matter how you cook them! Imagine a soup, stew, or chowder without potatoes. What meal would be complete without the great taste of boiled, mashed, baked, or roast potatoes?
Fact or fiction: Potatoes are just a side dish.
Fact or fiction: Potatoes are just a side dish.The All Purpose potato. You can use it for everything, from an appetizer to a side dish, to a main dish, to dessert. The Nutritious Potato is a great Addition to every meal.
Fact or fiction: Potatoes are not nutritious.
Fact or fiction: Potatoes are not nutritious.Potatoes are similar to cereals in protein content; rich in vitamin C; contain dietary antioxidants; are a moderate source of iron and a good source of potassium, phosphorus, magnesium and vitamins B1, B3, and B6; and contain folate, pantothenic acid and riboflavin.