White Potato

white potato

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The white potato is a starchy, tuberous crop from the perennial nightshade Solanum tuberosum L. The word “potato” may refer either to the plant itself or the edible tuber (Wikipedia, nd).

Allergy Alert:

People who suffer allergic reactions shortly after eating potatoes should take note of their symptoms and pursue a diagnosis for safety reasons. While many children outgrow potato allergies, adults who develop them risk allergic reactions for life. As the Mayo Clinic reports, having allergies increases the chance of developing other allergies. Individuals who are allergic to birch pollen or latex, in particular, have an especially increased risk for potato allergies (Livestrong, March 24, 2011).

Common Uses:

Potatoes are a great side to any meal. They can be cooked, fried, or even served raw, either way they are a delicious addition to any type of meal.

Nutritional Information:

Amount Per 1 Potato medium (2-1/4″ to 3-1/4″ dia) (213 g)
Calories 163
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0.2 g 0%
Saturated fat 0.1 g 0%
Polyunsaturated fat 0.1 g
Monounsaturated fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 13 mg 0%
Potassium 897 mg 25%
Total Carbohydrate 37 g 12%
Dietary fiber 4.7 g 18%
Sugar 1.7 g
Protein 4.3 g 8%
Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 70%
Calcium 2% Iron 9%
Vitamin D 0 µg Vitamin B-6 30%
Vitamin B-12 0% Magnesium 12%

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