• The school lunch controversy: a teachable moment

    In 2011, the potato found itself in the middle of a food fight that placed our industry in the national spotlight.

    When the USDA proposed national school lunch guidelines that limited starchy vegetables (chiefly potatoes) to one cup per week, it was an opportunity to set the record straight on the nutritional value and benefits of potatoes. The potato industry rose to the occasion, putting the facts before Congress and the public at large. MORE

  • Hot Topic: Nutrient-Dense Foods

    A term that shows up frequently in the USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans,  and will continue to be a hot topic in years to come, is “nutrient density.”

    The USDA defines nutrient-dense foods as those that “provide vitamins, minerals, and other substances that may have positive health effects with relatively few calories.” These foods are naturally low in saturated fats and do not have added sugar, sodium, refined starches or solid fats, which add “empty calories” – calories without nutritional value. Read more

  • View from the top: Potatoes are the “vegetable” America eats

    In the midst of the debate over obesity and American eating habits, fruits and veggies are finally getting the attention they deserve as health heroes.

    Nutritionists, backed by the USDA dietary guidelines and countless research studies, are urging Americans to eat more fruits and vegetables–around 5 cups a day–something only 1% of our population now achieves...

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  • Baked Potatoes: Happiness in the air?

    Perhaps you read this story that was first reported in the Daily Mail on April 1 (no joke). Scientists have discovered that the smell of a baked potato makes you feel happier.

    This “happy smell” is only released when the baking potato reaches a temperature of 130-140 degrees.  At that point, aroma compounds are released into the air, stimulating positive emotions in your brain...

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  • It’s May. The month for potatoes, Mediterranean style.

    May is Mediterranean Diet Month, a promotional campaign created by Oldways, a food and nutrition educational nonprofit and its Mediterranean Foods Alliance, whose members include the U.S. Potato Board.  

    The goal of the month-long campaign is to raise awareness of the delicious foods and remarkable health benefits associated with the traditional Mediterranean lifestyle and dietary pattern...MORE

  • Potatoes Play On The Winning Side

     Has there ever been a better time to be a vegetable?

    Seriously. In an environment where we are urgently told to reduce our overall caloric intake to combat obesity, there is an equally urgent call to increase our intake of vegetables.

    This sets up an interesting dynamic. As Americans begin to reduce their overall calorie consumption, they will make choices...MORE

  • Spuds Head Back To School

    It has been about 6 months since the USDA issued its Final Rule regarding improvements to the National School Lunch Program. Now, with the first day of school just around the corner, school foodservice folks are gearing up to meet the new requirements. One key change involves increasing the daily servings of fruits and vegetables. And spuds will take their rightful place on the menu. MORE

  • Potatoes: A Veggie with Phyto-Power

    If, like me, you tend to associate phytochemicals with colorful produce, you’re right. Many red, green, yellow-orange and blue-purple fruits and veggies get both their color and their health-promoting properties from naturally occurring phytochemicals. But if you ignore white, you may be missing an important part of the spectrum. MORE

  • Spotlight on the harvest

    Here in Maine potato country, it is harvest time. Recently a local Maine television station put the spotlight on County Super Spuds, part of the Penobscot McCrum family of companies. Managed by Darrell McCrum, County Super Spuds in Aroostook County harvests over 7,500 acres of fields, using our self-run mechanical harvester. MORE

  • Potatoes – Free of What Ails You

    Does it seem like everyone is on a special diet of some kind these days? Potatoes are fat free, sodium free, cholesterol free and gluten free, making them trouble free for many people on restricted diets. But what they don’t have is only half the story... MORE