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Are Baked Potatoes Nutritious?


Are the baked potatoes I eat bad for me?


The simple facts are that, served alone baked potatoes are amazingly good for you. It’s when you load them up that they get a bad rap. I recently read a column on by Dr. Geofrey Harris who is a real doctor, not an impersonator like me. (Or am I an impersonator?)

“The potato isn’t picky either. It will soak up trans-fats and saturated fats without prejudice. By adding 2 tablespoons of butter, you add 200 calories and 22 grams of fat. Three tablespoons of sour cream adds 90 more calories and 9 grams of fat. Adding bacon and cheese adds over 300 calories and 15 grams of fat.”

The simplest way to enjoy a baked potato is just to add a little seasoning and dig in. A squeeze of lemon or a drizzle of white wine or apple cider vinegar to add some zip works just fine too.

Plain baked russet potato
Plain Idaho baked russet potato with some fresh herbs added, yummy!