Nutrition

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

Potatoes are low in saturated fatty acids. A diet low in saturated fatty acids may reduce blood cholesterol or blood LDL cholesterol.

Potatoes are also low in sodium. A diet low in salt or sodium reduces blood pressure. 

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

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]

Nutrition information for cooked potatoes.

 

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.