Potatoes can be a part of a balanced, nutritious diet. A medium potato is about 150 calories, high in fiber, fat and cholesterol free and low sodium. Potatoes also contain several important vitamins and minerals including potassium, vitamin C and vitamin B6.
Potassium and fiber are both nutrients that Americans on average do not get as much as they need (https://health.gov/our-work/food-nutrition/2015-2020-dietary-guidelines/guidelines/chapter-2/a-closer-look-at-current-intakes-and-recommended-shifts/#underconsumed-nutrients)
Potassium supports heart health and can help to lower blood pressure. Fiber as part of a healthy diet can prevent chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes. Fiber can also help with weight management.
Read more about potassium and high blood pressure on the American Heart Association website: (https://www.heart.org/en/health-topics/high-blood-pressure/changes-you-can-make-to-manage-high-blood-pressure/how-potassium-can-help-control-high-blood-pressure).
Read more about fiber on the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website: (https://www.eatright.org/food/vitamins-and-supplements/nutrient-rich-foods/fiber)
Some key things to remember when choosing potatoes as part of a healthy diet:
Use this Quick Baked Potato Method to reduce the amount of time in the oven. Click here. While the potatoes are cooking prepare your toppings.
Enjoy! A tossed salad can be a good side to go with your baked potatoes.