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New USDA MyPlate Guidelines

Have you heard about the new USDA MyPlate icon which is replacing the Food Pyramid? MyPlate recommends that half the plate contain fruits and vegetables – and potatoes are mentioned multiple times in sample MyPlate menus. Potatoes are also identified as a vegetable which contributes to the critical need for more potassium in the diets of Americans (did you know a medium-size, 5.3 ounce potato has more potassium than a banana?)

What does this mean for you? It means there is plenty of room on your plate for potatoes and other vegetables too. Remember that potatoes are a nutritious and economical vegetable solution – one medium-size (5.3 ounce) skin-on potato contains just 110 calories per serving, provides almost half the daily value of vitamin C (45 percent), and contains no fat, sodium or cholesterol, contributing significantly to healthy American mealtimes.

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