'US Dietary Guidelines highlights why more potatoes should be consumed'

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AMERICANS are being urged to eat more potatoes to get their daily intake of potassium and vitamin C.

Chief Marketing Officer of Potatoes USA John Toaspern has highlighted that The US Dietary Guidelines for Americans for 2020 to 2025 stresses the importance of eating more vegetables with potassium and vitamin C, and points out that potatoes meet the mark.  

"The 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommendations focus on increased nutrient-dense vegetable consumption. Americans can take simple steps toward eating healthier by choosing potatoes,” he told consumer title Supermarket Perimeter. “As a nutrient-dense vegetable, potatoes support all three healthy eating patterns - healthy US, healthy vegetarian, and healthy Mediterranean - defined in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Potatoes' versatility also means they can easily fit into meals across a variety of personal and cultural preferences for breakfast, lunch and dinner.” 

As well as being a good source of potassium, providing 15% of the daily value per serving, potatoes provide 30% of the daily vitamin C value per serving. Potatoes can also help consumers feel full for longer periods of time owing to the good carbohydrate content. One serving of potatoes has 26 carbs and three grams of protein. 

"Many Americans are struggling with food insecurity and are not meeting recommendations for fruit and vegetable intake,” John said. “Research suggests that potatoes are an affordable, nutrient-dense vegetable that provides more nutrients per penny than most other vegetables.” 

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