Are Potatoes Really Healthy?

There are few veggies more versatile than potatoes: You can bake them, mash them, fry them (or even better, air-fry them), boil them, roast them, scallop them, gnocchi (?) them, whip them into stew, or flatten them into pancakes. And pretty much anything you do with them tastes *delicious*.

That said, compared with its extended vegetable family (spinach, broccoli, carrots, the ever-popular cauliflower)—and even its pseudo sister, the sweet potato—the white potato gets a bad rap. But here’s the thing: Potatoes aren’t bad for you—in fact, when prepared and consumed the right way, potatoes are healthy—and they can actually fast-track your weight-loss goals.  

“Potatoes are a very healthy naturally occurring food, so I’m a fan,” says nutritionist and registered dietitian Amanda Conway, RD, founder of Eat Fit Live. “You just have to look at your diet as a whole and pay attention to how you eat them, as you should with any food.” So drop the guilt, and the misconceptions—here are four healthy reasons to stop being a tater hater.

Excerpted from Women’s Health

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