By The Numbers (Summer 2010)


The amount of potassium in one medium-sized potato with skin (5.3 oz) contains as much, if not more, potassium than bananas, spinach, or broccoli. Research suggests diets rich in potassium and low in sodium reduce the risk of hypertension and stroke.


Percentage of your daily intake of vitamin C provided by one average-sized potato with skin. Vitamin C acts as an antioxidant, aids in collagen production, and assists in the absorption of iron.


Total amount of fat, sodium, and cholesterol in one serving of potatoes.


Number of calories in one average-sized potato.


The amount of fibre in one medium potato with skin or 8% of your daily intake. Dietary fibre has been shown to have numerous health benefits, such as improved blood lipid levels, regulation of blood glucose, and an increase of satiety, which may help with weight control.


Percentage of your daily intake of vitamin B6 in one serving of potatoes, which plays an important role in carbohydrate and protein metabolism.


National Academy of Science’s recommended daily dietary allowance for carbohydrate for both adults and children. This recommendation represents the minimal amount of carbohydrate needed on a daily basis to support the brain. It does not take into account the carbohydrate needed to fuel the muscles during exercise.


Percentage of your total daily intake of carbohydrate (26 g) provided in one medium potato with skin.