The Power of White: Unpacking the phytonutrients in potatoes

Posted by on Sep 18, 2012 in News | 1 comment

Even white fruits and vegetables have phyto-power. The phytochemical content of white potatoes is the subject of a recent article posted by Jay McCrum, CEO of Penobscot McCrum, a leading supplier of potato specialty products.  Drawing on the phytochemical analysis done by the USDA’s Agriculture Research Service (ARS), the article goes a step further in establishing the all-popular white potato as a vegetable worthy of healthy respect.

The Food and Wellness Group has been working with Penobscot McCrum to elevate the nutrient-rich profile of potatoes. The potato’s combination of high potassium, Vitamins C & B6, fiber and other nutrients, with relatively low calories and no fat or sodium has provided Penobscot McCrum with a solid health-advantaged position. With this new spotlight on phytochemicals, the potato joins the ranks of white veggies known for their health potential, including cauliflower and cabbage.

Leveraging the connection between color and health in order to increase fruit and vegetable consumption to 5 cups a day, as recommended by the USDA Dietary Guidelines, is a primary mission of the Colors of Health division of the Food and Wellness Group. Read more about our Colors of Health initiative.