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The Caloric Content of Different Potato Dishes

Those who watch their figure, keep a food diary, or simply pay attention to how many calories they consume per day, don’t always know that different ways of cooking can add different amounts of calories to a dish.

5-Minute Crafts would like to use potato dishes as an example to show you why this happens. Please pay attention to the fact that calorie content in different calorie charts may vary slightly, and that is totally normal.

Why different dishes made from the same food have different calorie content

  • The calorie content of the same food cooked in a different way can vary significantly due to temperature and processing conditions. For example, slices of French fries are completely immersed in oil during cooking, which remains in the finished dish, significantly increasing its energy value.
  • If potatoes are boiled in water, their calorie content will be lower than if they are boiled in milk.
  • You should remember that any additives, like butter, milk, eggs, cheese, vegetables, sauces, or meat, can also change the number of calories in the finished dish.

The nutritional value of potatoes

  • Potatoes contain B vitamins and vitamin C, fiber, folic acid, potassium, and iron, which are good for your health.
  • Potatoes boiled with the skin on retain more nutrients than peeled potatoes.
  • Potatoes contain 2 useful amino acids: lysine and tryptophan.
  • Boiled or baked potatoes are practically fat-free.
  • Boiled potatoes have the highest satiety index. This means that after having eaten a potato dish, you won’t get hungry for a long time and you will feel great.

Raw potatoes

The calorie content of raw potatoes is 77 cal per 100 g.

Boiled potatoes

The calorie content of boiled potatoes without their skin is 82 cal per 100 g.

Mashed potatoes

The calorie content of mashed potatoes with milk (7 g) and butter (5 g) is 104 cal per 100 g.

Baked potatoes

The calorie content of potatoes baked with their skin on is 85 cal per 100 g.

French fries

The calorie content of French fries is 280 cal per 100 g.

Potato chips

The calorie content of salted plain potato chips is 546 cal per 100 g.

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