Health & Lifestyle
Potatoes – easy on your figure and even better on your purse!
A recent report produced by the Northern Ireland Assembly’s Health Committee confirmed that growing levels of obesity place an enormous strain on the local healthcare system and budgets. Nutrition plays a key role in determining whether or not we achieve a ‘healthy lifestyle’. However, the good news is that one of the most popular foods produced on our doorstep can make a significant contribution to a healthy diet.

The Queen’s University of Belfast-based lecturer and leading nutritionist Dr Geraldine Cuskelly comments:

“You can keep the fat content low by using low-fat spreads sparingly, semi-skimmed milk or or natural yogurt to make mash. Potatoes are a great source of starch. The Food Standards Agency advises we should base all our meals on starch sources."

“Potatoes contribute importantly to intakes of vitamin C. They also represent a good source of fibre, B vitamins and potassium. After thorough washing before cooking, potatoes eaten with their skins can help to increase dietary fibre intakes. We don't eat enough fibre in Northern Ireland.”

But that’s by no means the end of the good news where locally grown potatoes are concerned; the humble spud also represents excellent value for money.

On the basis of standard servings, potatoes are up to 40 per cent cheaper than pasta and rice, therefore consumers are benefiting both nutritionally and economically when they opt to buy potatoes at the present time.

For families who have a desire to go back to basics the potato is a value for money option that will guarantee them taste and versatility at the right price.

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