Diets and Potatoes – The Real Story

Based on studies on the satiety index, a rating system that determined each food’s ability to create a feeling of fullness on a specific number of calories, potatoes by far are the most filling food, followed closely by oatmeal. Not only does the potato make you feel full on the least number of calories, it is a valuable source of fiber and vitamins. With all of today’s concern about cardiovascular disease or the illness of the heart and arteries because of high cholesterol, the potato is a great choice because it contains “ No Cholesterol".

One medium sized potato has only about 110 calories, which is only about 4-5% of the average adult’s daily-recommended intake. One potato contains more potassium than a banana. The potato is a good source of potassium, iron, vitamin C, hard to get B6, magnesium, and folic acid (folacin).

Potatoes are more than just starch. The complex carbohydrates in potatoes are the body’s best source of energy because they are digested slowly and make energy available on a consistent basis. Contrary to popular belief, potatoes are low in calories and fat as well as sodium and they’re cholesterol free.

It would take 7 pounds of potatoes to fulfill the average adult caloric requirement. Perhaps with all of these facts, potatoes could become known as one of the health foods of the future.

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