Potatoes are certainly one of the most versatile vegetables in the produce aisle! You cook them in multiple ways: baked, mashed, roasted, steamed, boiled, grilled, and microwaved but that's not the only reason we're big potato fans. According to our friends at Green Giant™ Fresh Potatoes, "Potatoes are a super food, supplementing your body with many beneficial nutrients." Read on to learn how potatoes can improve your health!

Green Giant™ Fresh Potatoes

Of course, there are ways to make healthy potatoes unhealthy by dropping them in a deep fryer. But when prepared in a healthier way, potatoes can provide your body with protein, vitamin c, potassium, fiber, vitamin B6, and many more necessary vitamins and nutrients. Plus, 20% of a potatoes' nutrition is in the skin, so leave the skin on when enjoying delicious potatoes at home.

Mashed Potatoes

In fact, here's a breakdown of what potatoes provide:

  • Only 110 Calories: One medium potato makes a healthy side for any meal, or a hearty mid-day snack!
  • Potassium: One medium potato with skin provides 15% of the recommended daily value of potassium.
  • Vitamin C: Healthy potatoes are a great source of Vitamin C, providing you with 30% of your recommended daily value.
  • Fiber: Get 2 grams of Fiber per serving! One medium potato with skin = 1 serving.
  • Vitamin B6: Potatoes are a good source of Vitamin B6 with 10% of the daily recommended value.
Russet Potatoes

In the age of the internet and information that spreads faster than you can fact-check it, you may have heard claims about white potatoes being unhealthy or causing weight gain. Here's the truth about the most popular potato variety – the Russet. See for yourself why russet potatoes are a healthy decision:

  • Russets are cholesterol free, sodium free, fat free.
  • Russets provide 45% of the recommended daily value of Vitamin C, 18% daily Potassium, 15% daily fiber.
  • Russets are loaded with many trace minerals such as copper, manganese, phosphorus, pantothenic and folic acids.
  • Russets provide 3g of protein, and vitamins B3 and B6.
  • Russets are one of the richest sources of potassium, too, so important for our heart health.
Minute Mashers™ with Gravy

If you're looking for a quicker way to enjoy healthy potatoes at home, we suggest giving any of Green Giant™ Fresh specialty potatoes a try: One Step...Done™ Potatoes, Minute Mashers™ Mashed Potatoes, and the new Minute Mashers™ with Gravy! They're the perfect potatoes providing convenience and ease of preparation without sacrificing quality, taste, and health! Inside each of these packages are real, farm-fresh potatoes, real butter, and real seasonings just like the ones in your own kitchen. Just take a look at this Minute Mashers nutrition label!

Minute Mashers™ Nutrition

The next time you're searching for a healthy veggie for dinner tonight, consider potatoes from our friends at Green Giant™ Fresh potatoes.


60 responses to “Health Benefits of Potatoes”

  1. I really need to get the potatoes I didn’t know only 110 calories in a medium one or that they had a lot of vitamins glad I read this thanks for posting

  2. I’m 82 years old and I’ve eaten potatoes my whole life and it’s the one food I would never give up no matter what my doctor advised….

  3. I love potatoes! My husband has them every night for dinner. He loves them anyway I do them. I love all the info you provided. I am going to read them to him and see if he knew any of them.

  4. Amazing how nutritious potatoes are for you with so health benefits to boost, so fun to grow potatoes in the garden.

  5. 3/9/23 There’s so many ways to prepare potatoes. I do not know ONE PERSON who does NOT LIKE POTATOES!!! Dress them up with cheese/meat/on a baked potato, simply mashed potatoes with butter, what kid DOES NOT LOVE FRENCH FRIES???

  6. Potatoes are pretty much a super food. You can live on just potatoes and milk. The people in Ireland were doing that and a potato blight killed a million people. Many people emigrated to the America. Almost 200 years later and Ireland still hasn’t rebounded to the population they had before the potato blight. As a person born and raised in Idaho, I have great respect for potatoes (or spuds)

  7. We looked for these at our Walmart and they didn’t have them? I was really looking forward to finding and eating them. I had told my 85 yr young mom about them and she was excited for an easier way to make mashed potatoes- especially russet! We will keep looking.

    • Hi Cathy! Our friends at Green Giant™ Fresh potatoes are working hard to get these products available nationwide. Keep looking in your area and hopefully you can find them soon!

  8. My daughter in her senior year to be a dietician. I sent this to her, who knew. Had to “school ” her ! 😊

  9. Wow.. never knew that russet potatoes have 3 G protein! Great nutrition info about potatoes. I love them so it’s great to know they actually aren’t unhealthy!’

  10. I’m such a huge potato person and brown gravy is awesome with it but white gravy packets make a great quick meal ,I make my own popcorn chicken Bowls with the popcorn chicken cheese corn an gravy but having the potatoes an gravy in one pack so much quicker

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