Comfort food begins and ends with the potato. This versatile vegetable is both nutrient-rich and amazingly easy to get your hands on. With how delicious potatoes can be and all the different ways they can be prepared, their health benefits seem almost too good to be true. But this common veggie is even more valuable than you think.
Superfood in Disguise
The potato is almost 80% water but the other 20% really packs a punch when it comes to vitamins and minerals. The average potato has more potassium than a banana, more vitamin C than an orange, and more fiber than an apple—and comes in at only about 110 calories. In fact, it’s possible to get almost all of the nutrients you need from a diet of only milk and potatoes.
Accessibility You Can’t Beat
Potatoes are one of the few crops grown in all 50 states and come in more than 200 varieties. They are grown in over 125 countries worldwide and are the world’s fourth largest food crop with their popularity growing every day. The United States alone produces more than 20 million metric tons annually. You should never find yourself with a shortage of this functional veggie because, when stored in a cool, dry, dark place, potatoes will keep for up to 6 months.
Now that you know some of the amazing qualities of the humble potato, try your hand at one of these fantastic recipes.
Creamy Cheesy Potatoes
Grate potatoes and bake with cheese sauce in this fun and easy recipe. Simple alterations make this dish vegan, gluten-free, vegetarian, or dairy-free.