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Dr. Oz corrects Tater Haters, prescribes potatoes

Fresh Solutions Network applauded the March 23 episode of "Dr. Oz," giving American’s “Permission to eat potatoes again,” noting that potatoes are “nutrient power houses” that pack about 100 calories per spud and have zero grams of fat.side-delight-logo

Dr. Oz opened his show handing potatoes out to the audience, correcting the misconceptions of “Tater Haters” with nutritional facts on America’s favorite side dish.

The low-carb diet craze damaged the reputation of the potato by creating the misconception that potatoes were fattening and unhealthy. As Dr. Oz and other notable experts in the medical and scientific community have clarified, potatoes have a number of nutritional benefits that may surprise consumers. In addition to being fat free, gluten-free, sodium free and low-calorie, potatoes are rich in vitamin C, have more potassium than a banana or broccoli and are vegan and non-GMO.

“We are excited that consumers are finally hearing the great news about potatoes that those of us in the industry have known for a long time,” Kathleen Triou, president and chief executive officer of Fresh Solutions Network, said in a press release. “Products like Side Delights fresh potatoes are a natural, healthy, family-favorite side dish, and we expect to see an increase in purchasing habits as the medical community and consumer media help restore the reputation of the potato.”

The syndicated series is set to air its 10th season in 2018-19. Dr. Mehmet Oz, host of the show since its premier has called the show a “field guide in helping viewers navigate their path to wellness.”

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