Potatoes get a bad rap, unfairly dismissed as starchy calorie bombs, laden with super-fatty butter and sour cream. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Spuds — especially when their skins are included — are loaded with potassium, a key mineral in keeping blood pressure down. That’s not all.
In 2005, the Agricultural Research Service “turned up 60 different phytochemicals and vitamins” in 100 kinds of potatoes. "Among them are vitamin C, folic acid, chlorogenic acid, phenolics such as flavonoids and kukoamines [which] may lower blood pressure."
While few of us need help packing tubers into our diets, try steaming or baking them to keep calorie and fat counts down. This Lemon Mustard Potato Salad from Giada De Laurentiis is another good place to begin.