You know those sketchy ads that promise you can lose ten pounds just by cutting one food from your diet? Well, that food is nearly always bananas. “They’re high in sugar and loaded with calories,” the ads say.
Well, that’s all true. The average banana contains about a hundred calories of pure carbohydrates, which makes it a much more substantial snack than many other fruits. Unhealthy? Hardly.
Everyone knows that bananas are full of potassium, but they pack a serious nutritional punch in other areas, too. They also contain vitamin A, fiber, and even an average of 20 mg of folic acid, making them a top choice for women of child-bearing age, in particular.
White potatoes are another unnecessary victim of the low-carb craze. Certainly, they're almost criminally calorie-heavy when sliced and submersed in oil as french fries or potato chips.
Unfortunately, healthier preparations of potatoes have received a bad reputation, too. They're actually one of the most nutritious foods on the planet, offering large doses of vitamin C, vitamin B6, potassium, calcium, and magnesium.
To obtain the most nourishment from your potato, though, you must leave the skin on, since that's where most of the nutrients are stored. Simply scrub and bake your favorite spud to enjoy a crispy-skinned health powerhouse, despite the naysayers.