Potatoes are grown in over 100 countries, with China, India, Russia, Ukraine and the US being the countries with the highest production by far.
The potato contains carbohydrates, and most specifically starch, about 15%. It also fills you up! Compared to fruit, bakery goods, other food items rich in carbohydrates, and food rich in protein and cereals, the potato turns out to be a winner.
Potatoes contain a decent amount of fibres, and because we consume a lot of potatoes, they contribute to our intake of iron, potassium, B and C-vitamins.
Based on what we know about the potato, the healthiest potato would be a small potato with the skin still on, baked in the oven, cooked in a pressure cooker or cooked in the microwave – and preferably cooled off a little before being consumed.
The consumption of potatoes in Norway is relatively high (approx. 60 kg per person per year). From a nutritional point of view, we should eat more unprocessed potatoes and less processed potatoes, such as snacks.