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NCDA&CS Marketing Division - Irish Potatoes

Tuber Trivia

  • The average American eats 142 pounds of potatoes a year or almost 365 potatoes per person-that's an average of a potato a day.
  • Potatoes are grown commercially in every state from Florida to Alaska, yielding over 30 billion pounds of potatoes each year.
  • One serving of potatoes provides 45% of the recommended Daily Value of vitamin C.
  • The potato is the second most consumed food in the U.S.-trailing only after milk products.
  • Contrary to the common misconception, potatoes are not high in calories. One medium sized potato contains 110 calories, while a one-cup serving of rice has 225 calories and a cup of pasta has 155.
  • Many doctors recommend bananas to patients who require a good source of potassium. One potato supplies 610 mg. of potassium while a banana contains 450 mg.
  • Eat your potatoes with their peels on..you'll not only save time, but you'll add extra fiber, vitamins, and nutrition to your favorite recipe.
  • The majority of a potatoes' minerals are in the cortex, the narrow layer right below the skin of the potato. Vitamins and protein are found throughout the potato.

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NCDA&CS Markets Division, Tom Slade, Director
Mailing Address: 1020 Mail Service Center, Raleigh NC 27699-1020
Physical Address: 2 W. Edenton Street, Room 402, Raleigh NC 27601
Phone: (919) 707-3100; FAX: (919) 733-0999