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National Potato Day

August 19 2023

Potatoes are a great source of carbohydrates and are seen as a starchy vegetable. They help break down glucose and supply our body with energy. Potatoes are also rich in multiple other nutrients!

These include but are not limited to

  1. Vitamin C

  2. Potassium

  3. Antioxidants - Flavonoids, carotenoids and phenolic acid

  4. Fiber

  5. Potassium

  6. Magnesium

  • Remember different types of potatoes have different nutrients present

There are over 200 varieties of potatoes sold in the United States and about 4,000 varieties of native potatoes worldwide! Potatoes come in all shapes, sizes and even colors. Some of these include russet potatoes, sweet potatoes, fingerling potatoes, purple potatoes and many more!

You can cook potatoes in many different ways. Some methods include baking them in the oven, grilling them, roasting, mashed potatoes, using them in a salad and so much more! We can’t wait to see the fun and creative ways our little chefs utilize to cook their potatoes.

Lastly, who's in the mood for a potato joke?

Q: Why was the potato wearing socks?

A: To keep it’s pota-toes warm


About the Author: Saba Nadeem is a dietetic intern and a Masters student at the University of Illinois at Chicago earning a degree in the Coordinated Nutrition/Dietetics Program.

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