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In honor of St. Patrick’s Day: 10 interesting facts about the potato

Just in time for St. Patrick's Day: 10 facts about the potato
Just in time for St. Patrick's Day: 10 facts about the potato
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Here is some interesting information about the potato. These facts and others can be found on the Washington State Potato Commission website.

1. Potatoes can be red, yellow, purple, white, or brown in color.

2. Potatoes contain 620 mg of potassium, which is more than is in the average banana.

3. Potatoes contain no cholesterol and very little sodium.

4. Potato skin contains natural fiber.

5. The average potato contains about 110 calories.

6. The average potato is fat-free.

7. Cooking a potato in its skin helps it retain its nutrients and makes it easier to prepare.

8. Potatoes have trace amounts of thiamine, riboflavin, folate, magnesium, phosphorous, iron and zinc. These are vitamins and minerals essential to good health.

9. Potatoes contain the same amount of protein found in a half a glass of milk.

10. Potatoes can be prepared and eaten boiled, mashed, pureed, steamed, roasted, fried, baked, and as part of a salad.

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