Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers Association

The Potato’s Place in the 2010 Dietary Guidelines

February 2nd, 2011 | Posted in: Health & Nutrition, News

According to the CDC, obesity is an American epidemic — more than 72 million American adults are obese. So it makes perfect sense that the new 2010 Dietary Guidelines (released by the Department of Health and Human Services and the United States Department of Agriculture) focus on weight management.

According to the new Dietary Guidelines Americans need to consumer fewer calories and less sodium, saturated and trans fats, added sugars and refined grains. Americans also need more exercise,  potassium, fiber, fresh fruits and veggies.

So how does the potato measure up?

  • A potato is the number one food source of potassium with 738 mg for a standard portion.
  • A medium potato has just 110 calories, no cholesterol, no sodium, no fat and provides 45% of the recommended daily amount of vitamin C.

With that in mind, why not try some  Quick & Healthy Potato Soup? At just 340 calories per serving, it offers 309 mg of potassium and 4 g of fiber.

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