Potatoes are an excellent food especially for people on weight loss diets. High in complex carbohydrates, potatoes fill us up long before they make us fat. It is only when we add fat to them – in the form of butter, cheese or cream – that we turn them into a fattening food.
Potatoes contain a cocktail of nutrients including B vitamins, vitamin C, potassium and fiber. Most of the fiber and potassium are in the potato skin and the bulk of the vitamin C is in the flesh closest to the skin. Baking potatoes is the best way get the most nutrients.
Green bits on the skin are poisonous and should be removed. It is not advisable to soak potatoes in water for long as this depletes the vitamin C content.
Calories in Potatoes:
4 oz/100g = 75 calories
4oz/100g Fries = about 4 oz/250 calories