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White Potatoes, Human Health, and Dietary Guidance

Janet C. King, PhD, RD, Joanne L. Slavin, PhD, RD


The white potato is a concentrated source of carbohydrate, dietary fiber, and resistant starch and continues to be the staple food of choice for many cultures. The white potato is also a concentrated source of vitamin C and potassium. Two of the nutrients in white potatoes, dietary fiber and potassium, have been designated as nutrients of concern in the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Potatoes are often maligned in nutrition circles because of their suspected link to obesity, and popular potato foods often contain more fat calories than carbohydrate calories. Some food guides do not include potatoes in the vegetable group because of their association with high-fat diets. However, potatoes should be included in the vegetable group because they contribute critical nutrients. All white vegetables, including white potatoes, provide nutrients needed in the diet and deserve a prominent position in food guides.

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  1. Janet C. King, Joanne L. Slavin, White Potatoes, Human Health, and Dietary Guidance, Advances in Nutrition, Volume 4, Issue 3, May 2013, Pages 393S–401S, https://doi.org/10.3945/an.112.003525
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