baked potato
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By Marge Perry

As kids, Mom told us to eat the potato's skin because that's where all the good stuff was. Then organic fever rolled in and the question came up: Should you avoid the skins because of pesticides. So who's right? Mom! A potato with its skin packs about 10 times more fiber and nearly twice as much potassium as a small banana. And spud skins actually have lower pesticide residue than a slew of fruits whose skins we eat without blinking, such as apples and blueberries, according to the Alliance for Food and Farming's A smart rule: Always scrub with water.