Via Nature World News:

If the Irish are truly the potato lovers that stereotypes portray them as, perhaps the rest of us should follow suit: their nutritional value is the best per penny, according to a study by the University of Washington.

“The ability to identify affordable, nutrient dense vegetables is important to families focused on stretching their food dollar as well as government policy makers looking to balance nutrition and economics for food programs such as the school lunch program and WIC. And, when it comes to affordable nutrition, it’s hard to beat potatoes,” said Adam Drewnowski, the lead author of the study.

Potatoes can provide a high number of essential nutrients and can be kept in varying conditions for a long time. While they aren’t as healthy as greens, they are far more affordable per unit cost, has more potassium than a banana, contains half a person’s daily requirement of vitamin C, and is a good source of magnesium and dietary fiber – all without fat, sodium, or cholesterol.

This may be a great supplement to those going through nutrition counseling as well, as those who’ve taken personalized advice and set goals improve their fruit and vegetable intake, but see no difference in vitamin C or potassium concentrations. Potatoes may also be especially useful to athletes as a source of energy, and given the high potassium, as a way to help stay hydrated during bouts of serious exercise.

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