Potatoes are a critically important food staple in many countries. They're usually cheap to buy and, after rice and wheat, are the third most important food crop globally.
They're also delicious, nutritious, and versatile in the kitchen, used in everything from salads to French fries. However, many people now follow diets aimed at increasing or decreasing their intake of certain nutrients, such as the low-potassium diet followed by kidney disease sufferers.
How well do potatoes fit into the meal plans of those on such a diet?
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Are Potatoes High or Low in Potassium?
How Many Varieties of Potatoes Are There?
There are over 4,000 potato varieties, including russets, reds, Yukon gold, Fingerling, and purple.
Other High-potassium Foods
Which Has More Potassium, Banana or Potato?
|Carbohydrates||23 g||17 g|
|Protein||1.1 g||2 g|
|Fat||0.3 g||0.1 g|
|Fiber||2.6 g||2.2 g|
|Potassium||358 mg||421 mg|
|Vitamin C (%DV)||14%||32%|
|Vitamin B6 (%DV)||20%||15%|
|Vitamin B12 (%DV)||0%||0%|
|Vitamin D (%DV)||0%||0%|
Delicious Potato Recipes
Potato soup is a light, delicious meal easily made in a crockpot.
Add some cooked potatoes to your favorite antipasto salad.
Try crisping potato skins in the oven or air fryer and using them as a bun for your burger.
Which Country Produces the Most Potatoes?
China produces the most at about 72 million tons annually followed by Russia with 37 million, and India with 26 million. The United States follows with about 20 million tons per year..
Don't know which foods are high in potassium? Read our article, 15 Best Food Sources of Potassium. We also have a guide to this important mineral: Potassium 101: All You Need To Know About Potassium.