Red potatoes provide you with essential vitamins, minerals and energy you need to fuel your busy day. They're a root vegetable that makes a healthy addition to any well-balanced diet. You'll get the most nutritional benefits from red potatoes by eating their thin skin, along with the white flesh. Just be sure to wash the outer skin of the potato well before baking or boiling to remove all dirt. medium, red-skinned potato supplies you with 34 grams of carbohydrate. Dietary fiber accounts for three of these grams of carbohydrate. Fiber helps regulate your digestion, prevents constipation and diarrhea, may lower cholesterol and blood sugar and helps you feel full after eating. Red potatoes also provide you with a variety of vitamins to maintain your health. A medium red potato provides 36 percent of the daily value of vitamin C. Your body needs vitamin C to form collagen an essential connective-tissue protein to fight infections, to help iron and copper absorption and to maintain healthy bones.