Eagle, Idaho, February 7, 2019 – February is the Idaho Potato Commission’s (IPC) favorite month. Why? It’s American Heart Month and Potato Lovers Month, making it a great time to celebrate Idaho® potatoes.
In a recent national survey conducted by Kelton Research, consumers were asked to pick their favorite vegetable, and Idaho® potatoes topped the chart! More than a quarter of Americans (26%) -- or nearly 68 million -- say Idaho® potatoes are their favored choice over broccoli (19%), corn (14%) or leafy greens (14%).
And, if you’re wondering how folks like to eat their spuds, mashed was the hands down winner (27%) followed by French fries (23%) and baked (22%).
“Taking this information to heart, we want folks to know that in addition to their superior taste, Idaho® potatoes are certified by the American Heart Association as a heart-healthy food,” explained Frank Muir, President & CEO, IPC. “For instance, potassium plays an important role in heart health with one medium sized potato containing more potassium and less sugar than a banana of equal size.”
In addition, a 5.3 oz. potato has only 110 calories, contains 45% daily value of vitamin C, has three grams of fiber, and is naturally sodium, cholesterol, and gluten-free.
For all the mashed potato lovers out there (the Kelton study proves there are plenty of them) we made a few tweaks to our most frequently searched recipe and had it certified as heart-healthy by the American Heart Association. By using a soft vegetable spread, skim milk, and just half a teaspoon of salt, your mashed spuds will be creamy, delicious, and better for you, too.
Heart-Healthy Slow Cooker Mashed Idaho® Potatoes
Recipe certified by the American Heart Association
Estimated Nutritional Analysis per Serving: 191 calories, 6 g fat, 0.6 mg cholesterol, 224 mg sodium, 4 g protein, 31 g carbohydrates
For more heart-healthy recipes visit the IPC website.
Established in 1937, the Idaho Potato Commission (IPC) is a state agency that is responsible for promoting and protecting the famous “Grown in Idaho®” seal, a federally registered trademark that assures consumers they are purchasing genuine, top-quality Idaho® potatoes. Idaho’s growing season of warm days and cool nights, ample mountain-fed irrigation and rich volcanic soil, give Idaho® potatoes their unique texture, taste and dependable performance. These ideal growing conditions are what differentiate Idaho® potatoes from potatoes grown in other states. For more information, visit www.idahopotato.com.
Established in 1937, the Idaho Potato Commission (IPC) is a state agency that is responsible for promoting and protecting the famous "Grown in Idaho®" seal, a federally registered trademark that assures consumers they are purchasing genuine, top-quality Idaho® potatoes. Idaho's ideal growing conditions, including rich, volcanic soil, climate and irrigation differentiate Idaho® potatoes from potatoes grown in other states.
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