Where Do Potatoes Fit in the Food Pyramid?

Where Do Potatoes Fit in the Food Pyramid?

Where Do Potatoes Fit in the Food Pyramid?

Potatoes fit into the vegetable section on the food pyramid. More specifically, potatoes belong to the sub-category of starchy vegetables. Other members of the starchy vegetable group are corn, lima beans, water chestnuts and black-eyed peas.

One medium potato is equivalent to 1 cup of starchy vegetables. The recommended weekly intake of starchy vegetables depends on a person's age and sex. For instance, children ages 4 to 8 years old need 3 1/2 cups, women 19 to 30 years of age need 5 cups and men 19 to 30 years of age need 6 cups of starchy vegetables on a weekly basis.