Potatoes tend to be well-liked by kids and can be a good source of potassium and dietary fibre for children aged one-three years, a study has confirmed. It showed that potatoes provide eight per cent of the recommended daily value of fibre which is very important for growth, development and overall health of children. It’s important that consumption of all vegetables, particularly those that are good sources of potassium and dietary fibre, be encouraged in children,’ said Theresa A. Nicklas from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas in the paper published in the journal Advances in Nutrition.
“Dietary habits established during childhood often transition to adulthood, so it is hugely important to encourage children to enjoy vegetables as part of the diet in order to reap the nutrition and health benefits provided by vegetables into adulthood.” The research demonstrated that children aged one to three years in the U.S. consumed just 67 per cent of the dietary reference intakes for potassium and 55 per cent of the DRI for fibre.
In a study of elementary school students that demonstrated students are not consuming the majority of vegetables offered to them in school meals. However, plate waste for white potatoes was the lowest among any type of vegetables; thus, including potatoes in school meals is one important way to help ensure children receive those key nutrients of concern.