Potatoes – great for little ones

Mixed fruit and veg bowl

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Using data in the US from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey scientists have looked at which fruit and veg. in early life could help contribute to nutrient intakes.

Amongst children aged 1-3 years average intakes of potassium, dietary fibre and vitamin D were 67 per cent, 55 per cent, and 49 per cent of Dietary Reference Intake, respectively. Mean total vegetable intakes were less than advice of 1 cup per day.

Authors concluded that eating all vegetables, but especially potatoes which are rich in  potassium and dietary fibre could help to narrow these gaps.

For more information, see: Storey, ML & Anderson, PA (2016) Adv Nutr Vol. 7, no. 1; pg. 241S-6S.

Whole Grains, Fibre & Health

wholegrains2-niThere is a growing body of new evidence looking at how whole grains and fibre may help to support health.  Now a new review has collated findings from latest research…

The review published in Nutrition & Food Science gathered evidence from 49 scientific studies.  Results from observational studies showed that higher whole grain and dietary fibre intakes were associated with a significantly lower risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, abdominal obesity and certain cancers.  Equally, intervention studies suggested benefits for appetite control, digestive health, improved blood lipid levels and glycaemic control.

Given these findings Government and industry should work to help the public identify foods rich in whole grains e.g. breakfast cereals and dietary fibre (especially insoluble fibre) and communicating the health benefits of these.

 For more information, see: Ruxton CHS & Derbyshire EJ (2014) Nutrition & Food Science Vol. 44 (6), pg 492-519.