Consumption of white potatoes is linked to increased intake of potassium, a new study has revealed.
For each additional kilocalorie of white potatoes consumed, there was a 1.6 mg increase in potassium intake among adults 19-years-old and older, and a 1.7 mg increase among children and teens from 2 to 18 years of age.
Gender, age, race/ethnicity and educational attainment, but not income or body mass index, were also highly predictive of potassium intake.
Potassium is considered a shortfall nutrient of public health concern because 97 percent of Americans do not have an adequate intake of potassium.
Maureen Storey, PhD, co-author of the study and president and CEO of the Alliance for Potato Research and Education (APRE) noted, “Very few Americans get enough potassium, which is a key nutrient that helps control blood pressure. Our study shows that the white potato is a particularly nutrient-rich vegetable that significantly increases potassium intake among adults, teens and children.”