7 Potential Health Benefits Of White Potatoes


Potatoes tend to be overlooked for the whole, natural food that they are and with all the attention paid to ultra-processed forms like potato chips and french fries, it’s not hard to see why. Carbs, including those found in white potatoes, have been misunderstood and demonized, says Jordan Hill, RD, a registered dietitian with Top Nutrition Coaching. As a result, potatoes are often treated as inherently unhealthy, but that’s not quite the case.

Basic white or red potatoes tend not to be regarded in the same way as their orange cousins, even though the nutritional differences between white and sweet potatoes are negligible (white potatoes actually win when it comes to potassium and protein). Much of the healthiness of potatoes depends on how they’re prepared, and when they’re not fried in fatty oils or smothered in thick spreads, white potatoes are a high-quality source of key nutrients and antioxidants. Despite their narrow role on fast food menus, there are plenty of ways to enjoy these tubers in all their fluffy, starchy glory without sacrificing nutrition.

Another plus? Amid rising food prices, white potatoes are an affordable, accessible, and filling side for the whole family. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, potatoes remained under $1 per pound in April 2023.

If you need more convincing to add a five-pound bag to your next grocery list, here are seven health benefits white potatoes bring to the table.


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