Nutrition Science

Potatoes are a nutrient-dense, affordable and versatile vegetable, fitting into a number of healthy eating patterns. Current research efforts are underway to better understand the role of potatoes in supporting cardiometabolic health as well as their role in healthy dietary patterns and healthy lifestyles, including needs for special populations.

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Cardiometabolic Health

Potatoes contain several nutrients that contribute to cardiovascular health as well as weight management, healthy blood pressure and gut health.

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Healthy Dietary Patterns

As nutrient-dense vegetables, potatoes fit into several healthy dietary patterns including the Healthy U.S.-Style eating pattern, U.S. Healthy Mediterranean-Style eating pattern, U.S. Healthy Vegetarian eating pattern and the Dietary Approach to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet.

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Healthy Lifestyles

Potatoes offer nutritional benefits to all people, from toddlers and women of childbearing years to athletes and aging adults.

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Research Pipeline

The Alliance for Potato Research and Education (APRE) was established in June 2011 to advance the scientific understanding of the role potatoes play in promoting health, including the role of potatoes on cardiometabolic health, healthy dietary patterns, and healthy lifestyles (with an emphasis on athletic performance and life stages). These summaries highlight research currently underway.

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