(Family Features) Do your heart a favor and add the largest and most affordable source of potassium of any vegetable or fruit to your plate - potatoes. Identified as a nutrient of concern by the 2010 Dietary Guidelines as lacking in the American diet, potassium has been shown to help reduce the risk of high blood pressure.
In addition to potassium, potatoes, a mainstay of traditional diets for centuries, contain essential vitamins and minerals, fiber, and antioxidants. At just 110 calories, one medium-size (5.3 ounce) skin-on potato has more potassium (620mg) than a banana (450mg), provides almost half the daily value of vitamin C (45 percent), and contains no fat, sodium or cholesterol.
So, craving a burger and fries? Believe it or not, it's easy to make this traditional comfort food into a healthful meal. Use lean ground beef for the burger patty, and skip the cheese to lower saturated fat. Top with healthful veggies, and go light on the condiments to create a well-balanced meal. Even frozen fries are lower in fat and sodium than in the past.
This recipe for Burger and Shoestring Fries from Produce for Better Health and the U.S. Potato Board follows the USDA's new MyPlate guidelines that say to fill half your plate with fruits and veggies.
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