One of the frustrating things about trying to eat healthier is in the abundance of conflicting information. In looking up information on the humble potato I found articles both for and against them being good for you, which didn’t surprise me. What did surprise me was looking up the “nutritional facts” on “potato medium”. I got about nine different answers. See below. Is it the size of the “medium” potato? Is it the type? The way they are cooked? I’m guessing all three are true, and the answer you get depends on who is answering.
Though they all use the term “medium” there can be a variation in what that means, which is from 136 grams to 213 grams. The way they are cooked (or the way you look them up) also makes a difference. I entered “boiled potato” on supertracker.usda.gov and the answer seemed to assume I was going to dump a crap load of salt on then because the sodium was listed at 404mg. It was disconcerting as this was the first potato I looked up. I knew that couldn’t be right, so I kept looking, thus the nine answers. The type of potato does make a difference. The sodium level in the red potato and the white is about three times higher than that of the russet potato. The russet is a bit higher in calories and carbohydrates.