Why are baked potatoes high in potassium and French fries are not?
Asked by on Dec 17, 2010
All potatoes contain potassium, regardless of how they’re prepared. A baked potato with skin has 926 mg of potassium in a 173 g serving, and French fries have about the same amount of potassium, 468 mg in an 85 g serving. The reason why your French fries did not have potassium is because you logged a name brand instead of the generic French fries from the USDA database. Calorie Count takes nutrition information from the USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference and from food manufacturers. The USDA lists nearly every nutrient, while the manufacturers usually list only those required by law and the FDA does not require potassium to be listed. When choosing which food to log, click on "See more extended nutritional details" to find those with the most complete nutrient profiles. Log generic foods whenever possible to get an accurate potassium count