Potatoes - Focus Food for the week of September 28


Potatoes are rich in nutrients and low in sodium and contain about 80% of water. Probably the most universal and highly consumed vegetable. Potatoes are good for mild digestive problems.

 Nutrients: vitamin B, C, folic acid, copper, thiamin, phosphorus, potassium.

May help with: cancer, hypertension, diabetes, gastritis, peptic ulcers.

Recipes this week: Three recipe ideas to incorporate Potatoes in your Eat For Life meals.

Buying and Storing:

Choose potatoes that:

  • firm
  • blemish free

Avoid potatoes that have:

  • wrinkle or cracks
  • sprouted
  • a green tinge

Storing

Store fresh potatoes in a cool dark place. Do not store in the refrigerator and keep away from onions. Storing potatoes and onions together, give off gases that cause them to break down—and smell.

Cooking

If not already pre-wash, scrub potatoes under water with a vegetable brush. Baking, steaming or microwaving preserves the maximum of nutrients.

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sources: staying health with nutrition, foods for health, eat well be well, healthline.com, factyhealth.com whfoods.org