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Can Potatoes Be Considered Healthy?

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  • Potatoes, which are rich in fiber, vitamins B and C and minerals like potassium, are the world’s third largest crop, taking their place behind rice and wheat
  • The majority of potatoes are served in the form of french fries and potato chips, exposing you to acrylamide — a potentially neurotoxic chemical that results when potatoes are heated to very high temperatures to produce a browned or charred surface
  • The health benefits of potatoes vary widely depending on how they are prepared, the portion size and frequency of consumption
  • A Consumer Reports’ analysis of 50 baby food products indicates even organic brands of sweet potatoes are vulnerable to heavy metal toxicity due to the fact soil conditions vary widely around the globe

By Dr. Mercola

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), potatoes hold the top spot for highest daily per capita consumption of vegetables in the American diet, edging out tomatoes. This means the average person consumes 48 pounds of potatoes annually, of which about 40 percent are frozen.

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