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Melissa Diane Smith is an internationally known journalist and holistic nutritionist who has more than 20 years of clinical nutrition experience and specializes in using food as medicine. She is the cutting-edge author of Going Against GMOs, Going Against the Grain, and Gluten Free Throughout the Year, and the coauthor of Syndrome X. To learn about her books, long-distance consultations, nutrition coaching programs, or speaking, visit her websites: and

Q: I love potatoes and consider them a comfort food. But a friend recently told me that there are some nutritional problems with potatoes—and even health risks from eating them. From a nutrition and health standpoint, what are the most important 

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