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Healing With Potatoes

Posted December 31, 2013

The week before last, my husband took our dog on his regular morning run through our local Red Rock canyon. On this particular day he happened to trip and fall. Being that our dog had no desire to be the cushion for his landing, he ran on … dragging my husband behind.

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Purple Potatoes May Help Lower Blood Pressure

Posted October 15, 2013

You may have seen them furrowing some ‘brows at local markets, but if you’re a ‘meat and potatoes’ kind of person, you’ll be delighted to learn that the once-again-popular purple potato stands to confer some significant heart health benefits.

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New Scientific Review Suggests Potato Tuber May Play Role in Cardiometabolic Health

Posted September 9, 2013

During a McCain sponsored press conference held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands last Tuesday, various potential health benefits of potatoes and multiple efficiencies of the potato crop were discussed. This event took place at the same time as physicians from around the world were discussing advances in medical prevention and management of widespread cardiometabolic diseases such as high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes.

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Purple potatoes pack serious antioxidants compared to their white-fleshed counterparts

Posted August 5, 2013

You may or may not have noticed a new potato in town at your local grocer or more likely at your local health food store. It is native to South America and is called the purple potato, named for its deep purple skin as well as the purple flesh within it. There are several types of the purple potato including the Purple Majesty, Purple Viking and Purple Peruvian varieties.

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Study Funded By The United States Potato Board Shows That Potatoes Provide One Of The Best Nutritional Values Per Penny

Posted May 28, 2013

A frequently expressed concern in the ongoing public health debate is the lack of affordability of fresh vegetables, especially those that are nutrient dense. A new study, “Vegetable Cost Metrics Show That Potatoes and Beans Provide Most Nutrients Per Penny,” published in the journal PLOS ONE, shows that potatoes are one of the best nutritional values in the produce aisle, providing one of the better nutritional values per penny than most other raw vegetables and delivering one of the most affordable source of potassium of the more frequently consumed vegetables, second only to beans.

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New Data Show That White Potatoes Increase Intake Of Potassium

Posted April 25, 2013

Consumption of white potatoes is linked to increased intake of potassium, according to a new study released at the Experimental Biology 2013 Annual Meeting. For each additional kilocalorie of white potatoes consumed, there was a 1.6 mg increase in potassium intake among adults 19-years-old and older, and a 1.7 mg increase among children and teens from 2 to 18 years of age. Gender, age, race/ethnicity and educational attainment, but not income or body mass index, were also highly predictive of potassium intake.

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Study: Iron-Enriched Potatoes Could Help Tackle Anaemia

Posted February 4, 2013

The humble potato could hold the answer to tackling the common condition iron deficiency anaemia, scientists believe. Researchers at Nottingham Trent University have been successful in developing a novel – and natural – way of enriching potatoes with iron by engineering ‘nano-rust’ particles, which can be broken down into regular iron and absorbed by the crop.

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Iron-Enriched Potatoes Could Help Tackle Anaemia

Posted January 31, 2013

The humble potato could hold the answer to tackling the common condition iron deficiency anaemia, scientists believe. Researchers at Nottingham Trent University have been successful in developing a novel – and natural – way of enriching potatoes with iron by engineering ‘nano-rust’ particles, which can be broken down into regular iron and absorbed by the crop.

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Orange fleshed potato now passed, to address Vitamin A deficiencies in Africa

Posted January 24, 2013

The Orange Fleshed Potatoes (OFSP) has now been scientifically approved as best source of vitamin A to counter the rapidly rising effects of vitamin A deficiency and premature blindness in children and pregnant mothers. Researchers from these Agricultural Research Centres reveal that compared to traditionally- grown white Fleshed Sweet Potatoes, OFSP has high level of beta carotene which the body converts into Vitamin A.

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Potatoes are a ‘sweet’ treat

Posted November 12, 2012

In Louisiana, sweet potatoes or yams are synonymous with Thanksgiving. Sweet potatoes are a Native American plant and one of the most nutritious foods around. You may have even heard sweet potatoes or yams are considered super foods. They are excellent sources of vitamins A and C. Sweet potatoes are often confused with yams, but yams are large, starchy roots grown in Africa and Asia.

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