How Potatoes Can Help You Lose Weight

Po-TAY-to, po-TAH-to? Let’s set that silly question aside and talk about something more important: Are white potatoes healthy or not?

Despite their bad rap (thanks, sour cream and onion chips!), classic spuds have some surprisingly stellar health credentials. Here’s the truth about these tasty tubers—and why you shouldn’t feel guilty about eating them.

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Potatoes might be a white food, but unlike refined bread or pasta, they boast some pretty sweet nutritional stats. From one medium potato, you’ll get:

130 calories
4 g protein
0 g total fat
37 g carbs
4 g fiber
2 g sugar
2 g iron
48 mg magnesium
926 mg potassium
121 mg phosphorus
48 mcg folate


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