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Supermarket Staple #11: Potatoes

Why It's a Must Have: Potatoes often get a bad rap (a recent Harvard study published in the New England Journal of Medicine placed them at the top of the list of foods that cause weight gain) but the truth is they’re not all that bad, says Dr. Oz. “Potatoes are a great source of vitamin C and are completely fat free. But you need to know how you cook your taters and watch out for the fixins! Butter, sour cream, and cheese are total belly busters.” So what about that Harvard study? The research specifically cited fried potatoes (in the form of French fries and chips) as a culprit for weight gain, says Dr. Oz. “And this is certainly true, so my advice is to stick to small serving sizes.”

Budget Bonus: Love French fried potatoes? Save money (and fat grams) by baking your own! At only about 67 cents per pound, you’ll save money and gain more nutrition by baking up your own (we love this recipe for oven baked fries) instead of buying a bag of frozen French fries.

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