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CNN.com: Are potatoes healthy?
Yes, a plain baked potato is a healthy food, especially when it is consumed with its fiber-rich skin.
But because its nutrient profile and composition is different from other vegetables (it has more starch than leafy greens, for example), it shouldn’t be the only vegetable in your diet.
Though potatoes may be thought of as a fattening food, a medium, unsalted plain baked potato with skin has only 160 calories and is naturally fat- and cholesterol-free. Each potato also packs about 4 grams of fiber and 4 grams of protein, which keeps us feeling full.