Potatoes are a good source of vitamins and minerals. They can be eaten as a side dish and they can be used as an ingredient in soups and stews. You’ll also find them packaged as snack chips in the snack aisle of your grocery store.
Buying and Serving Potatoes
You can find fresh potatoes in the produce section of your grocery store. Keep them in a cool dry part of your kitchen until you use them. Fresh potatoes can be boiled, baked, mashed, broiled or made into hash browns or home fried potatoes. Watch what you put on your potatoes; toppings like sour cream and cheese can add a lot of extra calories.
You can also find frozen potatoes in a variety of forms, including hash browns, pre-baked potatoes, and as French fries. If you buy these types of potatoes, be sure to read the food labels to see how much fat and sodium are contained in a serving. Potato chips and shoe string potatoes are available in the snack aisle; they are usually very high in fat and sodium.
One medium potato (about 2 1/4 to 3 1/4 inches in diameter) with the skin has 3.8 grams fiber, 48 milligrams magnesium, 926 milligrams potassium, 2.4 milligrams niacin, 48 micrograms folate, and 160 calories.