Can potatoes be part of a healthy diet?

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If you’ve watched the Netflix documentary “Down to Earth with Zac Efron,” you probably saw the episode where they visited Peru to learn more about potatoes, calling them a superfood. Of all foods in the world, why the humble potato?

In fact, it seems we are told all too often the opposite: that we should avoid eating potatoes, especially if they’re white potatoes. Due to the popularity of low-carbohydrate diets, potatoes are often shunned due to their carb content and glycemic index score.

It just so happens that September is National Potato Month — an entire month dedicated to celebrating this modest vegetable. And despite whether you are on team potatoes or not, you have to admit: potatoes are one of the most versatile foods in the produce section. From crispy roasted potatoes, to creamy mashed potatoes to simple baked potatoes, they can be served at any meal of the day and even in between.

Potatoes and heart health

Our neighbor to the north also knows a thing or two about potatoes. More than 25 potato varieties are grown in Idaho including russet, Yukon gold, red and fingerling. Fresh Idaho® potatoes even meet the American Heart Association criteria for saturated fat and cholesterol, earning the heart-check mark designation for a heart-healthy food.

So what makes potatoes heart healthy? One medium spud has just 110 calories with zero fat, cholesterol or sodium. They also contain more potassium than a banana. So don’t kick the potato off your menu just yet!

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