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Healthy Cooking Tip: Boil Potatoes Whole

Potatoes, reviled during the low-carb days of yore, are once again showing up on many American plates.

Labor Day means potato salad, and potato salad means boiling potatoes. I just read in the Berkeley Wellness Letter that you should boil your potatoes unpeeled and whole, which is easy to do if you buy the small red-skinned variety. Potatoes are a great source of potassium, especially the skin, which is why you should always eat the skin. But when cut for boiling, potatoes lose 50 percent of this valuable mineral as it leaches out into the water.

Save the potassium — boil your potatoes whole.


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ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
that's something that i never knew - i might have to try that. i wonder what the affect is if you start to boil them whole and then slice them mid-way through. do you still lose the same amount of vitamin value or is it somewhat retained?
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I always leave the skins on when I make potato salad, mostly because I think it gives the potato salad more flavor and texture. Any other time I eat potatoes, I usually bake them so the nutrients don't leach out at all.
TidalWave TidalWave 8 years
i'm confused! i use the red potatoes and leave the skin on, but i also cut them so they boil faster. how do the nutrients seep out of the skin just because they are cut??
ayuninur ayuninur 8 years
thanks for the tip!
Silverlining10 Silverlining10 8 years
Oh, thank goodness! I love eating potatoes, but I didn't want to pop them in the microwave or the oven.
littleblackninja littleblackninja 8 years
On the rare occasion I make potato salad, I leave the skin on and steam the potatoes. You end up with more potato and less of it is boiled off.
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