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Potatoes and Athletic Performance

Are potato beneficial in the diet of an athlete?


Yes. One medium (5.3 ounce) skin-on potato provides 26 grams of carbohydrate, 620 milligrams of potassium, and 110 calories for energy – key nutrients in the diets of athletes and active individuals.


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