The low-carb diets so in vogue these days portray spuds as duds, but the United States Potato Board argues for the healthfulness of potatoes.
One medium potato is an excellent source of potassium, rich in vitamin C and a good source of fiber for only 100 calories, with no fat and cholesterol, according to information from the Potato Board. And the body needs carbohydrates such as those found in potatoes for energy, said Lynn F. Little, family and consumer sciences educator for the Maryland Cooperative Extension in Washington County.
"We do need some carbohydrates," she said. "It's all part of a well-balanced diet."
Moderation is key to keeping topped baked potatoes from adding unwanted pounds to waistlines, said Little, who also writes a weekly column for The Herald-Mail. Weight watchers can avoid excess calories by steering clear of such high-fat toppings as butter and regular sour cream, she said.