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Facts for Potatoes

  • High in potassium for optimal muscle performance, iron for converting food to energy, and with as much protein as a half a glass of milk, potatoes are a powerhouse of nutrients.

  • Potatoes are a good source of starch, which provides calories in a form that is less quickly metabolized than sugar -- to give you sustained energy. One medium potato provides 110 calories.

  • The skin of the potato contains the majority of the potato's fiber, and many of the nutrients are located close to the skin.

  • A plain potato is 99.9% fat free and yet it is a nutrient dense food.

  • One medium potato supplies 45% of the daily requirement of vitamin C.

  • Potatoes and milk complement each other to provide a complete protein when they are eaten together. Amino acids missing from the potato are found in milk, and vice versa.

Documents

  • Spud Syllabus (English) - Downloadable PDF with selection, preparation, grading, and other potato usage info you can use in the classroom from Washington State Potato Commission
  • Spud Syllabus (Spanish) - Downloadable PDF in Spanish with selection, preparation, grading, and other potato usage info you can use in the classroom from Washington State Potato Commission