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Nutrition Eating plenty of vegetables and fruit reduces the risk of coronary heart disease.

Potatoes are a valuable source of nutrients including a range of vitamins, minerals and dietary fibre (refer full
Nutrition Information Panel for details). Nutrients are important in a well balanced diet to aid a variety of bodily
functions, see below some of the key nutritional benefits of potatoes.

Potatoes contain 10% or more of the recommended dietary intake (RDI) of the following nutrients:
vitamin C, folate, thiamin, niacin, pantothenic acid and potassium.

Potatoes are also a source of dietary fibre and contain a diverse range of phytonutrients. Refer to our Potato Nutrition Booklet for more information.

Remember to retain the nutritional benefits of potatoes by cooking and eating them in healthy ways. For more information view the Maximising nutritional benefits page.

Read what Deb Sue, Heart Foundation and Sarah Hanrahan, Nutrition Foundation say about the nutritional content of potatoes.



Nutrients in a potato

Nutrition information for cooked potatoes.

Source; FOODfiles 2012. V. 1 [www.foodcomposition.co.nz]

An example of a nutrition information panel used on bags of potatoes at supermarkets and retail outlets.

Source; FOODfiles 2012. V. 1 [www.foodcomposition.co.nz]

Note: % Daily Intakes are based on an average adult diet of 8700 kJ. Daily intakes may be higher or lower depending on energy needs.