The potato has become a staple of the American diet and even though it has a high carbohydrate content, a baked potato should not be overlooked as a nutritious option. Due to a low calorie count and high nutrient content, baked potatoes make a great low-fat snack or meal providing nearly 12% – 15% of your daily value of protein.
In addition to being packed with protein, baked potatoes offer a great source of vitamins C, B-6, niacin and folate. These vitamins offer essential nutrients to that body that supports immune system health, mental functions and energy. Baked potatoes are also high in potassium, iron and dietary fiber which are necessary for maintaining a healthy blood pressure and digestive system.
Making a baked potato is very simple and the preparations can be done in just a few minutes; making them easy to pre-cook and save for later when you are on the go and want a quick lunch. In order to get the most nutrition without packing on the pounds, make sure to go easy on the potato toppings and always leave room to enjoy the skins. The combination of densely packed nutrients, fibers, and healthy calories has made it a regular part of the diet of millions of people around the world.
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