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What are potatoes? About the ingredient potatoes. Including 2,390 recipes with potatoes, nutrition data, photos, and where to find it.


The potato contains vitamins and minerals, as well as an assortment of phytochemicals, such as carotenoids and polyphenols. A medium-size 150 g (5.3 oz) potato with the skin provides 27 mg of vitamin C (45% of the Daily Value (DV)), 620 mg of potassium (18% of DV), 0.2 mg vitamin B6 (10% of DV) and trace amounts of thiamin, riboflavin, folate, niacin, magnesium, phosphorus, iron, and zinc. The fiber content of a potato with skin (2 g) is equivalent to that of many whole grain breads, pastas, and cereals.

In terms of nutrition, the potato is best known for its carbohydrate content (approximately 26 grams in a medium potato). The predominant form of this carbohydrate is starch. A small but significant portion of this starch is resistant to digestion by enzymes in the stomach and small intestine, and so reaches the large intestine essentially intact.


This resistant starch is considered to have similar physiological effects and health benefits as fiber: It provides bulk, offers protection against colon cancer, improves glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity, lowers plasma cholesterol and triglyceride concentrations, increases satiety, and possibly even reduces fat storage.

The amount of resistant starch in potatoes depends much on preparation methods. Cooking and then cooling potatoes significantly increased resistant starch. For example, cooked potato starch contains about 7% resistant starch, which increases to about 13% upon cooling.


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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 large (3" to 4-1/4" dia.) (300g)
Amount per Serving
Calories 258Calories from Fat 2
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 0.3g 0%
Saturated Fat 0.1g 0%
Trans Fat ~
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 15mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 60.0g 20%
Dietary Fiber 5g 22%
Sugars 2.6
Protein 5.1g
Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 37%
Calcium 2% Iron 5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your caloric needs.

Where found

Potatoes are usually found in the produce section or aisle of the grocery store or supermarket.

Food group

Potatoes are a member of the Vegetables and Vegetable Products USDA nutritional food group.

How much do potatoes weigh?

measure grams
1 large (3" to 4-1/4" dia.) 300
1 medium (2-1/4" to 3-1/4" dia.) 167
1 small (1-3/4" to 2-1/2" dia.) 125
1 cup 78

In Chinese:土豆
British (UK) term: Potatoes
en français:pomme de terre
en español:patatas

Recipes using potatoes

There are 2263 recipes that contain this ingredient.

A Better Potato Kugel
All-Day-Long Potato Soup
Aloo Ko Achar (Potato Salad)
Aloo Mathar Paratha  (Sides)
Aluwala Roti
Apple, Cheddar and Winter Squash Soup
Artichoke, Leek, Potato and Garlic Soup
Arugula, Potato and Leek Soup
Au Gratin Potatoes and Ham
Au Gratin Turnips and Potatoes
Aunt Ann's Creamy Potato Soup
Awesome English Beef Pot Pie

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