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Calories in Fried, Mashed, & Boiled Potatoes

Potatoes contain a surprising amount of nutrients and are extremely filling. How many calories are in a potato? One small boiled potato contains 80 calories, which can easily add up when adding toppings. Despite relatively high calories, potatoes contain a lot of nutrients and should be enjoyed in moderation.

Like most starches potatoes have a lot of carbohydrates. But despite high carb levels, potatoes have large amounts of important vitamins such as Vitamin C and they contain many antioxidants, which can help fight cancer. There is also potassium in potatoes, which is beneficial to a healthy heart. Protein in potatoes is also an important nutrient. Potatoes have been known to help decrease blood pressure, build cells, and stimulate brain activity.

Even though potatoes have a lot of carbs, they have a lot of nutritional benefits and are perfect side dishes. But if you’re choosing between whether or not to put out the bowl of potato-chips (500 calories per 100 grams) in the middle of the table for you’re movie night, you might want to leave those potatoes alone and go for a couple of carrot sticks instead (100 calories per 100 grams).

Potato PreparationCalories per 100 grams (3.5 oz)
Potato Chips500
French Fries270


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