BVHS Weekend Column: Vitamin K Injection in Newborn

A Lifesaving Recommendation….

Vitamin K Injection in Newborns: A Lifesaving Recommendation, by Dr. Jennifer Hohman, MD

 After the birth of a precious newborn, there are a few choices that parents make that can be a matter of life and death. One of the most important recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the CDC is the one-time injection of Vitamin K. This vitamin shot prevents bleeding in the brain, which can cause permanent disability and death.  

When babies are born, they have very low levels of Vitamin K in their bloodstream. Vitamin K Deficiency Bleeding (VKDB) happens when there are low levels of Vitamin K, which causes the blood to not clot well. If the infant does not receive the Vitamin K injection after birth, it takes six months for the baby to absorb enough Vitamin K to achieve normal levels. This means that the infant is at risk for life-threatening bleeding in the brain or the intestines for the first six months of life. 

The reason that newborns have such low levels of Vitamin K is because the Vitamin K does not cross the placenta well, which means that the mother cannot share her own Vitamin K with her developing baby. We get Vitamin K from the food we eat and from the normal bacteria that live in the intestines. There is very little Vitamin K in breastmilk. Also, when babies are born, they have very few normal bacteria in their intestines, which is why it takes several months for the baby to reach normal Vitamin K levels if they do not receive the Vitamin K injection after birth. This is also the reason that giving Vitamin K by mouth is not absorbed well and is not an effective alternative to the shot.  

Giving Vitamin K injections to newborns is a very safe practice. It has been recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and routinely given to newborns in the US since the 1960s. Since that time, Vitamin K has been studied extensively and has been found to be safe. There are very few ingredients in the Vitamin K injection. Most hospitals give preservative-free Vitamin K and the dose given is what is needed to protect the baby from bleeding.  

The risks of the Vitamin K injection are the same as any local injection, including pain, bruising or swelling at the place where the injection was given. You can ask to hold or breastfeed your baby during or immediately after the injection to help with the pain. The benefit of giving the Vitamin K injection is the prevention of bleeding in the brain and the intestines. Half of babies with Vitamin K Deficient Bleeding experience bleeding in the brain. One out of every five babies with VKDB dies.  

If you have questions or concerns about giving your newborn the Vitamin K injection after birth, please talk to your physician. This important vitamin can save your baby’s life!

Dr. Jennifer Hohman


Jennifer Hohman, MD, Pediatrics
Pediatric Hospitalists of Northwest Ohio

 

WC Park District plans spring burn

Wood County Park District stewardship department is planning to conduct prescribed fires in several park properties this spring

 

Park District plans spring burn

Wood County Park District stewardship department is planning to conduct prescribed fires in several park properties this spring.

The locations of these burns may be in Bradner Preserve and Rudolph Savanna area. The exact timing of the fires will be determined by weather factors to ensure the most effective and safe conditions, including smoke mitigation.

All prescribed fire practices are conducted under waiver through the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, notification of the Ohio EPA, as well as, direct supervision by an Ohio Certified Prescribed Fire Manager.

Local fire departments for each site are aware of these plans and will be directly notified at least 24 hours prior to the fire and also on the day of the fire by our fire manager.

The purpose of the fires is for the benefit of the natural areas and native ecosystems. All fire management is completed with best management practices.

Please call 419-575-7339, or email alowien@wcparks.org,  with any questions directly involving our prescribed fire practices or call 419-353-1897 with general questions.

Chowline: Is it Food Poisoning?

It’s important to note that symptoms of food poisoning can range from mild to serious and that some of them can come on as quickly as 30 minutes after you eat….

I had stomach cramps not long after eating food I typically don’t eat. How do I know if I had food poisoning or if it was something else?

The symptoms of food poisoning vary depending on the type of germ to which you’ve been exposed, but there are some common signs that can indicate whether you’ve been exposed to a foodborne illness.

The most common signs include stomach cramps, upset stomach, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and fever. Some bacteria, such as Listeria can cause flu-like symptoms.

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It’s important to note that symptoms of food poisoning can range from mild to serious and that some of them can come on as quickly as 30 minutes after you eat or as long as four weeks after you’ve eaten something that contains a foodborne pathogen, according the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The time it takes for symptoms of a foodborne illness to manifest really depends on the germ. For example, according to the CDC, if you consume foods that are contaminated with

  • Staphylococcus aureus (staph), symptoms could appear as soon as 30 minutes to six hours later. 
  • Clostridium perfringens, symptoms could appear as soon as six to 24 hours later. 
  • Norovirus, symptoms could appear as soon as 12 to 48 hours later. 
  • Salmonella, symptoms could appear as soon as 12 to 72 hours later. 
  • Clostridium botulinum (botulism), symptoms could appear as soon as 18 to 36 hours later. 
  • Vibrio vulnificus, symptoms could appear as soon as one to four days later. 
  • Campylobacter, symptoms could appear as soon as two to five days later. 
  • E. coli, symptoms could appear three to four days later. 
  • Cyclospora, symptoms could appear one week later. 
  • Listeria monocytogenes, symptoms could appear one to four weeks later.

Some people may experience symptoms that last several hours or several days, said Sanja Ilic, the state food safety specialist for Ohio State University Extension. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES).

“While most people experience only a mild illness, people with underlining conditions that weaken their immune system may experience severe outcomes that require them to be hospitalized,” she said.

So how do you know if you should see a doctor for your symptoms? The CDC advises people to seek medical attention for severe symptoms, including:

  • Blood in your stool.
  • A high fever, typically over 101.5 degrees Fahrenheit, measured with an oral thermometer.
  • Diarrhea that lasts more than three days.
  • Frequent vomiting that prevents you from keeping down liquids, as this can lead to dehydration.
  • Signs of dehydration, which can be marked by a decrease in urination, a very dry mouth and throat, or feeling dizzy upon standing.

Chow Line is a service of The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences and its outreach and research arms, Ohio State University Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. Send questions to Chow Line author Tracy Turner, 364 W. Lane Ave., Suite B120, Columbus, OH 43201, or turner.490@osu.edu.

 

Is it Allergies or COVID-19?

7 symptoms to watch

(BPT) – COVID-19 is complicating the 2021 spring allergy season. From watery eyes to dry coughs, people are left wondering exactly what their symptoms mean.

“Many people are asking about the differences between COVID-19 and seasonal allergies,” says Dr. Luz Fonacier, president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI). “While it isn’t always cut and dried, there are some clear differences. Certain symptoms are only seen in one or the other.”

If you are unsure what is ailing you, Fonacier suggests checking with a professional. “Allergists are the best trained medical professionals to diagnose and treat allergies and asthma,” she said. “When in doubt, talk to an allergist.”

To help shed some light on the differences between COVID-19 and spring allergies, here are seven common symptoms and their possible causes.

1) Coughing, chest tightness and shortness of breath are the calling cards of COVID-19. Unfortunately, these symptoms may also indicate an asthma-like allergic response. Many people who suffer from asthma also have allergies. If you are coughing this spring, consider the context. Is shortness of breath something you have experienced during previous springs? Do you have additional symptoms, like fever or itchy eyes? The answers to these questions will help you distinguish the root cause.

2) Fever does NOT occur with spring allergies. Fever may indicate COVID-19, the flu or — more rarely — the common cold. The combination of fever, coughing, shortness of breath and loss of smell or taste is a strong indicator of COVID-19 and must be taken seriously.

3) Chills happen when the blood vessels in your skin constrict, causing you to feel cold without an obvious cause. Allergies do not cause chills, but COVID-19 does. If you are experiencing mild chills it is a good idea to self-isolate as a precaution. If you are experiencing chills in combination with shortness of breath, call your doctor to see if you should be tested for COVID-19.

4) Sneezing and runny nose are rarely seen in COVID-19 cases. They are, however, very common for allergy sufferers. If the spring has left you sneezing and sniffling in the past, then seasonal allergies are still the most likely culprit in 2021. You can talk to a board-certified allergist about treatment options, which may include over-the-counter or prescription medication, or immunotherapy.

5) Itchy, watery eyes are the signature symptom of seasonal allergies. COVID-19 does not cause itchy eyes, but the practice of staying home may help by reducing your exposure to pollen. Avoidance, or the strategy of staying away from potential allergens, may help decrease symptoms. If avoidance is not cutting it, it may be time to speak with an allergist. The ACAAI makes connecting with an allergist simple on their Find an Allergist page.

6) Loss of smell or taste is another very common symptom of COVID-19. While allergies may lead to mild loss of smell, it is best to be on the safe side while the coronavirus is still spreading. If you experience this symptom, call your doctor for advice.

7) Nausea or vomiting are not allergy symptoms. They may indicate the common cold, the flu or COVID-19. If this symptom is mild then self-isolating is a good course of action. If it becomes severe, and particularly if it is accompanied by fever and shortness of breath, you should call your doctor. They will be able to advise you on whether to get tested or seek medical help.

Understanding the differences between COVID-19 and seasonal allergies is key to keeping healthy this spring. Stay on top of the season by knowing your symptoms and knowing what is typical for you. If you have any questions or want to get started finding allergy relief, check out the resources ACAAI has to offer.

6 tips for controlling your high blood pressure

The likelihood of suffering from high blood pressure increases with age…

(BPT) – Did you know high blood pressure (hypertension) is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and “The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Control Hypertension,” nearly half of U.S. adults have high blood pressure, yet only 1 in 4 has their hypertension under control.

High blood pressure is called a silent killer, as it frequently shows no signs or symptoms. Uncontrolled high blood pressure puts people at higher risk for heart disease and stroke, which are leading causes of death in the U.S.

Who is at risk? The likelihood of suffering from high blood pressure increases with age, but all adults are at risk. African Americans are more likely than White Americans to have high blood pressure, develop it when younger, and have worse outcomes.

The good news? It is possible to control high blood pressure and reduce your risk of heart attack, stroke and other conditions.

“High blood pressure is dangerous, and unfortunately all too common,” said Janet Wright, M.D., acting director, Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention at CDC. “Regularly checking your blood pressure and working with your healthcare team are vital first steps to help keep your high blood pressure under control.”

In honor of American Heart Month, here are tips for achieving lower blood pressure and supporting your heart health.

1. Get your checkups

If you’ve put off regular wellness exams, take time to catch up. Talk to your healthcare provider about hypertension, especially if you’ve had high blood pressure readings, high blood pressure associated with a pregnancy or family history of hypertension.

For checkups, use telemedicine if available, or communicate with your provider by phone or email.

If you must visit in-person, protect yourself and others.

  • Before making an appointment, call your healthcare provider or check their website to see what measures they are taking to keep people safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a mask when you must go out in public.
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Stay at least six feet away from others.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds when you get home.

2. Know your numbers

At your next checkup, ask your healthcare provider what your blood pressure numbers are, what they mean, and if you are at risk. If your blood pressure is high or borderline high, ask what actions can help lower your blood pressure.

You can also ask your provider about using a home blood pressure monitor. Learn how to obtain one and use it. Ask your provider about electronic health record portals or other ways to track your numbers and how you can receive clinical advice to manage your hypertension.

3. Take medications as prescribed

Medications are often an important part of blood pressure control plans. Follow your provider’s instructions carefully. If you experience problems getting or taking your medicines, talk with your healthcare team.

4. Make positive lifestyle changes

While medications may be prescribed to help control your high blood pressure, these lifestyle changes may also help:

  • Boost your physical activity — Start small, like adding a daily walk
  • Eat a heart-healthy diet — Include more vegetables, fruits and whole grains
  • Watch your salt intake — Read food labels and choose foods with less sodium (salt)

5. Reduce your stress

Taking care of yourself is always important, especially during challenging times. Stress can contribute to health conditions like high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and other illnesses. How can you reduce your stress levels for better health?

  • Be aware of stress. Do you have headaches, muscle tension or other symptoms? Observing what causes you stress and how your body responds is the first step.
  • Move more. Physical activity can help reduce stress, whether intense exercise or a walk around the block.
  • Try relaxation tools. Whether deep breathing, meditation or yoga — relaxation tools can help you let go of stress. Find what works for you!
  • Talk to someone. Call a friend or mental health professional. Talking out a problem can help to reduce your tension.

6. Quit smoking

If you smoke, now is the perfect time to quit. According to the CDC, smoking increases your risk of:

  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke

Ask your healthcare provider for support for quitting smoking.

Visit CDC.gov/heartmonth for health tips, blood pressure logs and more.

Northwestern Water and Sewer District Projects

Work may be delayed in extreme weather.

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio, – The Northwestern Water and Sewer District (The District) delivers water and sewer services to over 20,000 customers in Wood, Henry, Sandusky, and Hancock counties.  Although many of our projects are performed underground, our utility work can impact roads throughout our service area.  Updates and additions are highlighted in bold and underlined.  Work may be delayed in extreme weather.

McComb: Waterline Replacement Project *UPDATE*
Through March, expect lane restrictions and possible water service interruptions on South Main Street, between Park Drive and Liberty Street, on Todd Street, near the railroad tracks, and on West Cooper Street between Liberty Street and Rader Road.  Project complete: May.  Project Investment: $600,000.  

Perrysburg Township: Waterline Replacement
Through March, lane restrictions and water service interruptions are possible on North and South Bramblewood, Bridgewood, and Cliffwood Streets in Perrysburg Township for waterline replacement. Residents will be notified of service interruptions. Project complete: April 2021.  Project Investment: $1.5 million.

Perrysburg Township: Sewer Lining
Through July, lane restrictions are possible in Perrysburg Township north of SR 795, west of 75, and south of the turnpike, for sewer rehabilitation.  Project complete:  August.  Project investment: $1,230,000.

District-Wide: Valve Maintenance *WORK POSTPONED*
Valve maintenance work is postponed due to weather.  Work will be announced when rescheduled. 

District-Wide: Bulk Water Replacement *WORK POSTPONED*
Upgrades to the bulk water station in Weston (12805 Van Tassel Road) and at the bulk water station at the CSX facility (18920 Deshler Road) have been postponed due to weather.  Work will be announced when rescheduled.  

Alzheimer’s Caregivers Push to Get COVID-19 Vaccine for Loved Ones

Research Shows Risk Extraordinarily High for African Americans with dementia….

 For more than a year, Cynthia Moon has had hospice care come into her mom’s home.

Ella Evans has congestive heart failure, diabetes, high blood pressure, she’s had a stroke – and she has dementia.

When the pandemic hit, Moon said she called the agencies to ensure all the aides were COVID trained and tested. “My mom is so frail, she cannot get sick. The smallest cold could put her in the hospital,” Moon said.

Moon wanted her mom to get the COVID vaccine. But her mom’s doctor did not recommend it. She said “‘there hasn’t really been any studies conducted with all the issues my mom has’….I don’t want my mom to get COVID, nor do I want her to get the vaccine and it could be bad for her. I just stay prayed up. God’s going to protect her.”

Ella Evans and her daughter Cynthia Moon

 

Then Moon had a change of heart. She and her son transported Ms. Evans, who is bedbound, to get her first vaccine dose. She’s weighing whether to go forward with the second dose because of the side effects she has heard people talk about after receiving the second dose.

New research shows that African Americans with dementia are at a significantly increased risk of contracting COVID. A study published Feb. 9 by Case Western Reserve University in Alzheimer’s & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association found that the odds of contracting COVID-19 were twice as high for patients with dementia compared to those without dementia. African Americans with dementia had close to three times the risk of being infected with COVID-19 as white individuals with dementia.

Researchers used electronic health record data from 61.9 million American adults. While this is the first paper focused on the COVID risk faced by those with dementia, the published paper said the study highlights the need to protect individuals with dementia, especially those who are African American, as part of the strategy to control the pandemic.

In Ohio, dementia is not a current qualifying condition for priority vaccination. But individuals 65 and older, which comprises most people with Alzheimer’s, can be vaccinated now.

 “We know how dementia disproportionately impacts African Americans and Hispanics. Now you add the risks and outcomes of COVID-19 and it is devastating. This pandemic continues to highlight the inequities in health outcomes,” said Eric VanVlymen, Ohio Regional Leader of the Alzheimer’s Association.

Karen D. Gorman Jones is well aware of the magnitude of health challenges African Americans face. “Everybody else gets a cold, we get the flu. They get the flu, we get pneumonia,” she said. Gorman Jones, who is the primary caregiver for her mother Inez Gorman, who is 91, said she was hesitant at first about getting the vaccine for her. “But every vaccine that came out I got. I grew up getting vaccinated. I made sure my children got vaccinated,” she said. So, her mom, who has Alzheimer’s disease, received the vaccine and she will get it also when she can.

Terri Littlejohn’s mother, Dorothy Crane, lives with her and her husband Randall Littlejohn. When she and her husband Randall both got infected with COVID, Terri Littlejohn was hospitalized and Randall, whose symptoms were not as severe, stayed home and took care of Mrs. Crane, who has Alzheimer’s. Terri was determined that her mother was going to get the vaccine. In fact, while she was still in the hospital, she made calls to get Mrs. Crane an appointment.

Mrs. Crane, who so far has escaped the virus, got her first dose while Terri Littlejohn was hospitalized. “She cannot get COVID,” she said. “We choose life. We want our mother not to be sick as we were,” she said.

The Alzheimer’s Association has a dedicated web page with information about the vaccine for dementia caregivers and people living with Alzheimer’s disease. People can access it at https://www.alz.org/.

What are postbiotics

And why should they be part of your daily routine?

(BPT) – Many of us are looking for ways to be more proactive about our health. One way to accomplish that is by adopting more healthy habits to support our immune systems.

“In addition to adequate sleep, exercise, eating a balanced diet and managing stress, it’s also important to support gut health,” said Keri Gans, a registered dietitian, certified yoga teacher and author of “The Small Change Diet.”

“Most people don’t realize how gut health influences the immune system,” Gans said. “It may seem like these two things are two unrelated functions in the body. But it just so happens that a majority of our immune cells originate from the gut.”

She said that a daily routine that maintains healthy gut microbiomes is an important way to support your natural defenses. And one way to do that is through focusing on postbiotics.

Postbiotics: A simpler route to support immune function

Many health-minded people are already familiar with probiotics and prebiotics, which have been touted for their contributions to a healthy gut microbiome that supports the immune system. But when you understand how these interact with your gut, a third and simpler option emerges: postbiotics. It’s the “biotic” you may not yet have heard about.

Probiotics are live beneficial bacteria that can be added to your diet from taking supplements or functional foods with added probiotics like yogurt, sauerkraut and kimchi. Prebiotics provide the bacteria the “food” that is needed to kick off a fermentation process. That fermentation process creates beneficial metabolites which are part of the foundation for a healthy gut microbiome.

Beneficial metabolites can also be created outside of your gut through fermentation using yeast or bacteria. These metabolites are called postbiotics. Fermented outside the body, postbiotics are beneficial because they deliver those good metabolites without the bloating or gas that fermentation can sometimes cause within the gut. While you can get postbiotics by eating fermented foods, to be sure that you are getting the right composition of metabolites shown to have immune and gut health benefits, it’s best to look for postbiotics that are backed by clinical research.

Now that you know the relationship between probiotics, prebiotics and postbiotics, the following are the core benefits of integrating postbiotics into your diet to support immune function.

1) A simpler solution: If you’ve been taking the traditional probiotic-prebiotic approach to getting your gut into balance, it can be something of a guessing game to ensure you’re consuming the necessary amounts of soluble fiber (prebiotics) and foods, beverages or supplements with added probiotics through diet. Postbiotic supplements can provide a simpler way to support your gut and immune system. Not only that but unlike probiotic supplements, postbiotic supplements contain no live cultures, so they’re more stable and have a longer shelf life.

2) Proactive immune support: EpiCor® postbiotic is clinically shown to support the immune system and gut health. And it’s not just something you specifically take on those times when you feel like your natural defenses need a helping hand. Rather, think of postbiotics as providing proactive maintenance for your immune system 365 days of the year.

3) Easy to access: Consuming fermented foods can help add postbiotics to your diet. Examples include kombucha, yogurt, certain cheeses and bread. The good news is some of your favorites can bring reinforcements to your gut. However, the challenge is knowing whether diet alone can provide the adequate support that you’re looking for. Taking these foods into consideration, supplements that contain postbiotics can be a simpler route for daily immune support.

“I’ve always said that making small changes to your daily habits can make a huge impact on your health and well-being,” Gans said. “Adding more fermented foods to your diet, taking a daily supplement that contains postbiotics, is a simple but effective way to get year-round support.”

When looking for supplements that contain postbiotics, look for EpiCor® postbiotic on the label. This is a whole food ingredient meaning nothing is extracted or purified; it acts like a multivitamin for your immune system. Clinical studies indicate EpiCor® postbiotic helps positively modulate the gut microbiome and may also help support nasal comfort year around.

This postbiotic is found in several well-known supplement brands, including Country Life and Healthy Origins For more information, visit epicorhealth.com.

Alzheimer’s Association to Hold Free Programs

Virtual Educational Programs on Variety of Topics- February 24- March 12 for the Community and Families Impacted by the Disease

 Maumee, OH – The Alzheimer’s Association Northwest Ohio Chapter will be presenting a variety of virtual educational programs to help the community and families impacted by the disease.

These presentations  cover a variety of topics and occur at different times during the day and evening via videoconferencing to allow individuals to participate in the convenience of their homes. They will discuss topics such as what is Alzheimer’s disease, warning signs to look for, how to effectively communicate, how to manage behaviors and have difficult conversations, and review several strategies for legal and financial issues. We will even help you have a healthy brain! The programs are very helpful for anyone experiencing signs of memory loss, their family members who may be concerned, and the community member looking for more education. 

All programs are free and open to the public. Registration is required. To register for the program, call 800.272.3900

Feb 24- 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s 11am

Feb 24- Effective Communication Strategies 6:30pm

Feb 25-Living with Alzheimer’s – Younger Onset 3pm

Mar 1-10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s 2pm

Mar 2- Dementia Conversations 3pm

Mar 2- Effective Communication Strategies– 4:30pm

Mar 3- 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s– 11am

Mar 4-Effective Communication Strategies– 5pm

Mar 8- Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behavior–  1pm

Mar 9- Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia– 3pm

Mar 11- Living with Alzheimer’s Late Stage, Part 1–3:30pm

Mar 12-Healthy Living for Brain and Body– 1pm

 

About the Alzheimer’s Association

The Alzheimer’s Association leads the way to end Alzheimer’s and all other dementia – by accelerating global research, driving risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing quality care and support. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s and all other dementia. In Ohio, more than 600,000 Alzheimer’s caregivers provide care for more than 220,000 loved ones impacted by Alzheimer’s disease. Visit alz.org or call 800.272.3900.

5 Ways to Create an Accessible Lifestyle

Watch the video for more ideas to promote independence and mobility…

Mobility is a major factor in a person’s independence, but when illness or injury hinders free movement, even a simple task like running to the store becomes a challenge.

Fortunately, there are numerous options like these you can explore to improve mobility and accessibility if you or a loved one becomes reliant on a wheelchair or other assisted mobility. Find more ideas to promote independence and mobility at braunability.com/savemyspot.

SOURCE:
BraunAbility

5 ways America’s most loved vegetable loves you back

It’s not just America that has enjoyed a long-lasting love affair with the potato….

(BPT) – You don’t have to choose between foods that taste good and foods that are good for you. In fact, America’s most loved vegetable — the potato — loves you right back. Whether you’re fixing a romantic dinner for two, a family meal or a tasty snack, this versatile nutrient-dense vegetable brings a lot to the table.

For home cooks inspired by plant-based ingredients, potatoes add so much to an array of recipes, ranging from special occasion entrees to globally inspired dishes and more.

Here are the top five ways potatoes love you back:

1. Potatoes show your body love.

As a nutrient-dense vegetable, potatoes can stay at the top of your grocery list in February and beyond. A 110-calorie, skin-on medium (5.3 ounces) potato delivers:

  • 26 grams of good carbs to fuel you — whether you’re working out or just running errands.
  • 3 grams of protein, as an affordable and plant-based protein option.
  • More potassium than a banana: Potassium is an important mineral for an overall heart-healthy eating pattern. Potatoes are a food with one of the highest levels of potassium and are considered a good source, providing 15% of your recommended daily value per serving (620 mg).
  • 30% of your daily recommended vitamin C requirement, especially top of mind this winter season.
  • ZERO fat, cholesterol, gluten or sodium, to suit your health goals.

2. Potatoes have good carbs that love you back.

The fact is, not all carbs are created equal. Some emerging research suggests the starch in potatoes that’s greatly increased through heating and cooling them, called resistant starch, may deliver similar health benefits to dietary fiber. Dietary fiber, like the 2 grams found in a skin-on medium potato, has been shown to have numerous health benefits, including leaving you feeling satisfied and not hungry again for a while.

Registered Dietitian Cara Harbstreet, MS, RD, LD, advises including foods you love, like potatoes, in your daily diet and that all foods — yes, including your favorites — belong in your diet.

“Carbs should have a place on your plate every day. Not all carbs are created equal, so whenever possible, reach for an option that provides key nutrients too,” said Harbstreet. “Potatoes deliver a nutritional punch and are easy to incorporate into special occasion meals and everyday eating.”

3. Potatoes show your wallet some love, too.

Not only do potatoes taste great, they’re also an affordable, nutrient-dense vegetable that provides more nutrients per penny than most other vegetables. And, if you are looking to amp up the fiber content of your daily diet, potatoes are one of the least expensive sources of fiber out there.

4. Potatoes are beloved the world over.

It’s not just America that has enjoyed a long-lasting love affair with the potato. Potatoes are a staple in nearly every cultural cuisine, so they’re uniquely suited to deliver today’s most on-trend and craveable global flavors. Using the familiar potato as your base, you can honor and explore plenty of tantalizing cuisines from around the globe.

5. Potatoes create dishes you and your loved ones will love.

From the classic fluffy baked potato to the nutty and buttery fingerling, the many varieties of the potato have inspired — and continue to inspire — endless recipes using fresh, frozen or dehydrated potatoes. From the simple to the complex, potatoes elevate any dish with amazing taste and good nutrition.

No matter your nutrition goals or eating preferences, all foods fit within a balanced diet and you don’t have to sacrifice those you love. By creating your meals around whole foods you already enjoy, like potatoes, you can sprinkle in some fun. For example, for a romantic meal, pair Chimichurri Twice Baked Potatoes with a steak and leafy greens. Or enjoy Salt and Pepper Air Fryer Chips with a whole food-based dip — like guacamole or hummus.

No matter how you slice it, potatoes are a good carb and nutrient-dense vegetable that loves you back in so many ways. For more amazing recipe ideas using nutritious, delicious potatoes, visit PotatoGoodness.com.