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Fueling Bodies

Nutrient-dense potatoes deliver optimal energy for all activities

High-Quality, Nutritional Powerhouse

It’s simple: putting potatoes on the plate can energize our bodies. From busy moms to elite athletes, potatoes are a nutrient-dense vegetable that provide a unique matrix of high-quality carbohydrates and protein (3 grams), plus essential nutrients that are significantly under consumed among all Americans, such as potassium and fiber.

Put Potatoes to Work

  • Fuel the body and brain with the preferred energy source: 26g (9% DV) of high-quality carbohydrates
  • Support muscle function: 620mg of potassium – more than a banana (15% DV) and 3g of plant-based protein (average biological value of 90, like milk and higher than beef and soy
  • Support immunity and a healthy microbiome: excellent source of vitamin C—more than a tomato (30% DV) and gut-friendly fiber (7% DV)

Fit and Function for Peak Performance

Potatoes deliver portable, high-performance nutrition with ease and convenience. An affordable vegetable, potatoes are available in several forms (fresh, frozen, dehydrated) to deliver different fueling options before, during and after exercising or participating in a high endurance activity. And, the science is beginning to show the nutrients found in potatoes help to maximize performance goals, at times as effective or more so than retail sports supplements.

A study conducted at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign showed whole Russet potatoes are an effective fueling strategy. When eaten during a cycling timed trial among 12 men and women, they were shown to improve performance as much as a retail sports gel product and better than water.

A study conducted at McMaster University showed, as part of a high protein diet (twice the Recommended Daily Amount), potato protein isolate helped 24 women effectively build muscle both with and without resistance exercise.

A study conducted at Montana University showed potatoes can help replenish glycogen levels after exercising (cycling) among recreationally 16 active adult men and women as effectively as retail sport enhancement products. Moreover, there was a lower glycemic response when white potatoes were eaten after exercising versus the retail sport enhancement products.

Resources

Potato Nutrition Infographic

Share the 7 need-to-know nutrients and their benefits with your clients.

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Potatoes Power Performance

Take a deep dive on the nutrient-dense vegetable that helps athletes perform at their best.

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Fueling Stages of Activity

How to get adequate fuel for energy and recovery in all types of sports and stages of activity.

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Plant-Based Protein

Learn how to optimize plant-based protein intake through quality, quantity and distribution.

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Smart Snacking

See how potato chips stack up for nutrient-dense snacking.

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Hash Brown Power Bowl

Power pack your athletes’ performance with potatoes.

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