Importance of Wisconsin potatoes

Wisconsin potatoes
Wisconsin potatoes

The potato sometimes gets a bad wrap.  But according to the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture Trade and Consumer Protection, potatoes are not only good for our health, they are vital to our state's economy.  Kristin Olson, the 66th Alice in Dairyland, shared some facts about Wisconsin spuds on Good Day Wisconsin.

Olson says Wisconsin ranks 3rd in the nation, and 1st east of the Mississippi for growing potatoes. They're a huge part of the state's $59 billion agriculture community. Potatoes in Wisconsin contribute nearly $260 million to the Wisconsin economy, resulting in more than 2,000 jobs

Olson also talked about the health benefits of potatoes:

-One medium sized potato only has 110 calorie
-Free of fat, cholesterol, sodium and gluten
-One potato also provides 45 percent of your recommended daily Vitamin C and has more potassium than a banana.
-Perfect complex carb for athletes to enjoy before and after a big event.

Olson also shared some examples of using potatoes in meals, including a baked potato bar using Wisconsin made products such as cheese, bacon, sour cream and craisin as the toppings.

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