Home Health Rooting for Potatoes (Video)

Rooting for Potatoes (Video)

In this Mayo Clinic Minute, Angie Murad, a dietitian with the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program explains why you should root for potatoes.



When they’re not deep fried in oil, or smothered in butter or sour cream, potatoes can be a healthy side dish, packed with vitamins and nutrients, especially if you leave the skin on.

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“They can provide additional fiber, which is a great benefit because it can help you feel satisfied longer. And that’s a great benefit if you’re trying to lose weight,” Murad explains.

Murad says sweet potatoes and yams are packed with vitamin A, which is a great antioxidant and may help prevent chronic diseases. Another perk of potatoes, regardless of which kind, is how versatile they are.

“Both can be used as a great option for a starchy vegetable, so they can replace things like pasta or rice, or different types of grains,” Murad explains. “It’s a great way to add different flavors to your meal options.”

Plain potatoes are naturally fat- and cholesterol-free. Preparing them with butter or sour cream will significantly boost calories, fat and sodium.

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