Originally Posted by ebonygurl00
Potatoes are bad carbs? Crap, I've finally eliminated the bad carbs from my diet, but I eat a ton of potaotes. Is that bad?
The age old 'diet' myth about potatoes being bad seems very popular still, potatoes are a natural food, they are not bad by any means, but of course, as with anything, an excessive amount is never advisable.
Here is a little information...
Misinformation and misconceptions regarding the nutritional value of the potato abound. In fact, an average (~5.3 oz) potato with the skin contains:
45% of the daily value for vitamin C
620 mg potassium, comparable to bananas, spinach and broccoli
trace amounts of thiamin, riboflavin, folate, magnesium, phosphorous, iron and zinc
all for only 100 calories and no fat.
And potatoes with the skin on are an excellent source of fiber. In fact, with 3 grams of fiber per serving, a potato equals or exceeds that of many "whole" grain products-whole grain bread, whole wheat pasta and many cereals.
Despite the popular notion, the majority of nutrients are not found in the skin, but in the potato itself. Nonetheless, leaving the skin on the potatoes retains all the nutrients, the fiber in the skin and makes potatoes easier to prepare