Updated 27 February 2013

Potatoes, an affordable source of precious potassium

According to research, potatoes are the largest and most affordable source of dietary potassium - an important nutrient in the fight against heart disease.

The South African food-based dietary guidelines, recommend that all South Africans should eat plenty of fruit and vegetables daily.  However, a frequently expressed concern in the on-going public health debate, is that fresh fruit and vegetables, particularly those which are nutrient dense, are not affordable to the average consumer.

“While we as dieticians urge people to eat a variety of vegetables and fruits, the reality is that one of the perceived barriers to increasing consumption is cost,” says Leigh-Ann Silber, registered dietician. 


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