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.

Socio-economic Gaps in Diet Quality

eating-niVariations in diet quality between socio-economic (SE) groups can lead to inequal differences in health.  An analysis of data from the 2008 to 2011 National Diet and Nutriton Survey has looked at this in more detail…

Data from 1491 adults aged 19 years and over was used. SE status was determined using household income, occupational social class and highest educational qualification

Significant differences were found for three food groups. Higher SE groups ate up to: 1) 128 grams per day more vegetables, 2) 26 grams per day less red and processed meat and 3) less non-milk extrinsic sugars (2.6% points).  Higher SE groups were also 2.4 to 4.0 times more likely to eat oily fish.

Overall, analysis of data from this survey shows the importance of aligning dietary patterns across SE groups.  Further public health guidance is needed along with interventions targeting lower SE groups.

 For more information, see: Maguire ER and Monsivais P et al. (2015) British Journal of Nutrition Vol. 113 (1), pg 181-189.