One large baked potato with the skin contains 278 calories, 7 grams of fiber and 7 grams of protein! Potatoes give us almost one half of our daily needs for Vitamin C, B6 and potassium. Compare the calories in one large serving of fast food French fries. Some French fries may contain 487 calories, 6 grams of fiber and 6 grams of protein, but only 20% of the day's needs for Vitamin C, 25% of potassium, and 40% of Vitamin B6. Baked potatoes give us fewer calories than French fries, and more nutrients.
Vitamin C is a nutrient that is needed by our bodies every day because our bodies cannot store it. It helps to produce collagen, a tissue that holds muscle, bones and other tissues together. It also helps to absorb iron from plant sources and is important for healthy gums and to heal cuts and wounds. Potassium helps to maintain normal blood pressure, contract muscles and allows our nerves to function properly. Vitamin B6 helps our body to make insulin, hemoglobin and antibodies to fight infection.
It's best to store potatoes in a cool, dark place that is well ventilated (not the refrigerator). The ideal storage temperature is 45°F to 50°F. Refrigerated potatoes stored below 40°F will develop a sweet taste because of the conversion of starch to sugar. This increase in sugar will cause potatoes to darken when cooked--especially at high temperatures. If stored correctly, potatoes may remain fresh for up to a month.
Potatoes can be nutritious and tasty without all the added fat and calories. Look for ways to enjoy their flavor. Try topping a baked potato with the potato herb shaker recipe.
Potato Herb Blend Shaker
- 1 tbsp Dehydrated or powdered garlic
- 1 tbsp Dehydrated or powdered onion
- 1 tsp Paprika
- 1 tbsp Parsley
- Mix together ingredients. Pour in container or shaker.
- Sprinkle over sliced baked potatoes by teaspoon. Gently press seasoning into baked potatoes.