Are Potatoes Good For You? Happy National Potato Day

Potatoes are delicious. You can fry them, bake them…the possibilities are endless.  They just seem to go right with everything.  They are like the best side-kick for foods of all time. Alright, I know you clicked on this link because you wanted an answer about whether or not potatoes were good for you.  I will give you the answer.  Despite the millions of jokes, potatoes have about them, they are a good source of nutrition if prepared correctly.  Potatoes are a good source of Vitamin C, Potassium, and Fiber.  

Why Do They Have a Bad Reputation?

It beats me.  Potatoes are considered a staple in most European countries.  In fact, Ireland endured a potato famine crisis that almost starved the country.  If I had to guess why potatoes receive a bad reputation, it is because of how they are prepared.  Potatoes are considered a vegetable.  They are part of the healthy portions of the food group.  Unfortunately, when potatoes are fried in grease and then mountains of ketchup are poured on them, it can make a healthy food unhealthy.

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Too Much of a Good Thing Can Sometimes Be Bad 

While potatoes have a list of health benefits, too much of a good thing can sometimes be bad.  This is not to say that you shouldn’t eat potatoes.  Basically, avoid eating too much of them and when you do eat them, make sure that they are prepared in a way that keeps them from losing their valuable nutrients.

Celebrate them

I am here to tell you that potatoes are an excellent source to add to your diet.  Their delicious, easy on the stomach, and are included in online memes for a reason. We should take the time to celebrate the potatoes.

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