Why You Should Replace Your Rice with Potatoes (and keep the skin on)

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Unli-rice? Replace your rice with potatoes for better health benefits.

Whether you’re a casual gym-goer or a pro MMA fighter, you’ll want to have the right fuel in your body. And though carbohydrates may seem like the weigh-watcher’s enemy No. 1, they actually serve as your body’s primary source of energy.

Now, the question is: What kind of carbs should you take in? The answer is simple: US potatoes.

“A medium (5.3 ounce) skin-on potato containing 26 grams of carbohydrates, potatoes are a nutrient-dense carb, containing as much, if not more, of several essential vitamins and minerals than spaghetti, brown rice or whole wheat bread (compared on a per-serving basis),” says Kate Cavuto, MS, RD in Performance Magazine.

A medium-sized potato also only has 110 calories and has cholesterol and no saturated fat. They also contain phytonutrients that have antioxidant activity, including carotenoids, flavonoids, and caffeic acid. They are also rich in Iron, Potassium, Vitamin C and Vitamin B6.

One way to make sure you make the most out of your potatoes: Leave the skin on.

“Potatoes with skin on have more fiber than white rice,” says Lauren Lee, RND. In fact, one medium potato with skin contributes 2 grams of fiber, making up 8% of the daily value per serving. “In addition, potatoes contain potassium and vitamin C, which keep you hydrated and improves your immune system, respectively,” she adds.

While a fixed serving of potatoes is way better than eating white rice to our heart’s content, it’s still important to make sure you cook your US potatoes properly, to avoid any unhealthy pitfalls.

“If you were given a choice of baked potato loaded with sour cream and cheese or boiled white rice, then plain white boiled rice is a healthier option,” says Lee. So be sure to pack your potatoes with the right stuff. That way, you get to enjoy this delicious and versatile carb without forfeiting the health benefits.

For samples of fun, easy, and healthy recipes for US potatoes, then check out US potatoes on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PotatoesUSAPhilippines.

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