Potatoes are a Fresh, Natural Choice for Gluten-Free EatingAccording to a recent survey, only 19% of Americans rate potatoes as excellent for being gluten free.*  In fact, potatoes are 100% gluten-free!  According to the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness, an estimated 3 million Americans suffer from side effects associated to eating foods that contain gluten.  To make it easier, the United States Potato Board (USPB) has created a new gluten-free recipe collection on their website www.potatogoodness.com, which includes more than 80 gluten-free recipes from several ethnic cuisines, many of which can be prepared in 30 minutes or less!

The USPB partnered with Jen Cafferty, founder of the Gluten-Free Cooking Expo and President of Gluten-Free Life with Jen, to review the USPB’s database of potato recipes and to provide tips for eating gluten-free.

Jen Cafferty’s Top Three Tips for Eating Gluten-Free:

  1. Stick to eating “real food.”  Avoid processed foods and learn how to prepare your own meals using fresh ingredients that are naturally gluten-free, like potatoes, which can serve as a substitute for foods that gluten-free eaters often crave, like pasta and bread.
  2. Incorporate whole grains, like quinoa and nutrient-dense vegetables, like potatoes, spinach and broccoli, into your diet on a regular basis to ensure you are getting proper nutrients and maintaining a balanced diet.
  3. Don’t automatically assume that foods like pizza and lasagna are off-limits. You can find gluten-free pizza dough options available in many supermarkets and it’s easy to make using gluten-free flour. And you won’t even miss the noodles when you follow this flavor-packed gluten-free lasagna recipe from the USPB.

“Potatoes are a great choice for people who otherwise have to cut carbs out of their diet,” adds Jen Cafferty.  “Potatoes are a gluten-free dieter’s dream.  They are fresh, natural and versatile, plus you know you’re whole family will enjoy them.”

This is great news for those who eat gluten-free as one medium-size (5.3 ounce) skin-on potato contains just 110 calories per serving, boasts more potassium (620g) than a banana, provides almost half the daily value of vitamin C (45 percent), and contains no fat, sodium or cholesterol. 

To learn more about potatoes and for endless potato recipes, including an entire section devoted to gluten-free recipes, please visit www.potatogoodness.com.

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