IF we could count them among our five a day, we would be the winner in terms of health.
We eat more potatoes than any other vegetable, with each of us eating an average of 500 a year.
But a recent claim doing the rounds on social media made a very odd decision about how we liked them best.
The post claimed that the potato dauphinoise was top buds, which he placed in the “god stage.”
It beat chips and jacket and was well ahead of wedges, which were rated “terrible.”
But Dauphinoise? We say a big “non, merci”.
That’s why we asked YOU to vote for your favorite – and our poll of over 4,000 readers (below) found that roast dishes were at the top of the list, with the French side dish among the contenders.
Here we ask the psychologist Dr. Louise Goddard-Crawley to reveal what your choice of offender says about you. . .
YOU may seem like a tough nut, but when people scratch beneath that crusty skin, they find the softest, most sensitive soul.
DR LOUISE SAYS: Fried potatoes are associated with comfort food and can induce feelings of warmth and contentment.
Your personality is caring and nurturing and you have a flair for creating a homely, welcoming atmosphere.
You can be a bit salty in an argument, but that only increases your attractiveness – you fight for what you believe in.
Options are plentiful TODAY, but whether you’re a fan of thick fries or enjoy lean fries, chip lovers are seasoned adventurers with a serious zest for life.
DR LOUISE SAYS: Chips are all about indulgence, and you are to the fullest.
You’re a regular guy who can’t resist a greasy breakfast with a greasy spoon.
And why not? You only live once.
You are characterized by a spontaneous personality, are always open to new experiences and ready to embark on the unexpected.
PATIENCE is your top quality and it is your resilience that makes you an irresistible partner for friends.
But when people push you too hard, they burn themselves.
DR LOUISE SAYS: It may take a while to shed your thick coat and warm up to someone new, but once you’re buttered up, you’re a loyal pal.
Baking a baked potato takes time to get a soft and fluffy inside.
You are a patient leader and you can rise to any challenge.
A smooth talker and true romantic, you spread your affection far and wide.
And friends needn’t worry – there’s plenty of your love for everyone.
DR. LOUISE SAYS: People try to crush you, but you are determined and overcome every obstacle and bump in the road.
You’re the perfect mix of sweet and sassy, and you find common ground with everyone you meet.
You are a valued friend and colleague who brings everyone together.
From dusk to dawn you’ll be there live and the group’s favorite pal – as long as you’ve had breakfast.
DR. LOUISE SAYS: You are everyone’s best friend and such a pleasure to be with, but you are such a busy bee that you are only enjoyed in small doses.
You can make the best of any situation and turn any pub visit into a party, but you’re not without flaws.
People love your warm heart, but once a relationship falls apart, there’s no turning back.
WHAT you see is what you get from a boiled potato lover.
They stick to the facts and have nothing to hide.
DR LOUISE SAYS: You prefer a quiet and simple life and leave all the thrills to your friends.
They appreciate your honesty and rely on your open advice, knowing full well that you will never change.
Stable, safe and trustworthy, you lock your loved ones biggest secrets and fill them with nurturing love.
THE epitome of class and elegance, you strive for perfection and everyone can see how successful you are.
DR. LOUISE SAYS: People say you’re proud of your house and the best of the best, but you have a guilty conscience.
You are a caring soul and love the company of others.
You’ll work all day to please people, but when your guests are all gone nothing warms your heart like a hot cocoa and a cheesy romance movie.
Known as the cool kid at school, you’re an open book and open to sharing your feelings, but that makes you an easy target for heartbreak.
DR. LOUISE SAYS: Artistic and academic, you pay attention to the smallest of details and see beauty in all things.
People find it difficult to take their eyes off your striking looks and you often get overwhelmed by the attention.
You’re a hard worker and everyone wants you on their team – so they can be seen.