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The Skinny On: Baked Potatoes

Carbs are much maligned these days and potatoes are often the target. But who doesn't consider mashed potatoes or french fries comfort food? Though they might just be the reason for the potato's bad reputation since both foods turn the spud into a vehicle for fat.

If you take away the butter, sour cream and cheese often heaped on a baked potato, what you have left is an is an exceptionally healthful low calorie, high fiber food containing antioxidants that offer protection against cardiovascular disease and cancer.

Not only is the potato high in vitamin C it is also a good source of vitamin B6, as well as the minerals potassium and magnesium which both help prevent muscle cramps. Plus potatoes are high in dietary fiber. But you have to eat the skin!!! That is where the fiber is.

So, if you're like me and crave baked potatoes on cold winter nights, I say eat them and let all those carb free folks be damned.

Here are a few alternatives to overplayed toppings like sour cream and butter: salsa, pesto, soy sauce and steamed broccoli, sauteed onions (in olive oil, of course!) caramelized with a little balsamic vinegar and some lightly toasted walnuts.

YUM. I know what I am having with dinner.

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