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15 - 04 - 2011

Mashed, boiled or stewed : Yes to potatoes in the diet of children


Potatoes in the diet of children and adolescents do not undermine the other vegetables indeed, those who consume high amounts generally are those who eat , in all, more vegetables. The study, which contradicts previous research conducted on the same subject , was presented at the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology ( FASEB ) Conference being held these days in Washington DC (USA). .

The study also showed that a diet that includes the presence of white potatoes ( not fried ) contains on average higher amounts of vegetables and is characterized by higher levels of potassium , fiber, and vitamin C.

The researchers studied more than 11,500 children between 5 and 18 years using data from four cycles of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES ), for a total of more than 57,000 individual meals examined , including school lunches and dinners house. " The potatoes are part of the diet . Children who consume diets are generally taking more nutrients and , in all, eat more vegetables - says Adam Drewnowski , a researcher who led the study funded by the United States Potato Board - . Has not been found higher prevalence of overweight or obesity among children who habitually consume."


Source: ilSole24Ore.it