Salad, bran muffins, fat-free foods―they're good for you, right? Not always. Our nutrition experts reveal surprisingly unhealthy foods, plus better-for-you alternatives. By: Katherine Brooking, MS, RD ; Carolyn Williams, PhD, RD
Sure, a baked potato in its natural state (that is, sans toppings) is a very healthful food. Potatoes are naturally rich in vitamin C, potassium, and fiber. Plus, a medium-sized baked potato contains only about 160 calories. But if you're eating out, don't assume that the baked potato is the healthiest choice on the menu. Many restaurant-style baked potatoes can come "fully loaded" with butter, sour cream, cheese, bacon bits, and other goodies that can add up to around 600 calories and 20-plus grams of fat. Ask for one that is plain and get one or two small-portioned toppings on the side. Or try making your own healthful baked potato meal at home by adding some chopped, cooked chicken to our Caramelized Onion-Stuffed Baked Potato.