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
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