White vegetables are a ‘nutrient powerhouse’, new study says

20 May 2013

A new study has revealed that white vegetables are just as important as greens when it comes to dietary needs and nutrient absorption.

The research, conducted by experts at Purdue University in Indiana, indicates that potatoes, cauliflower, turnips, onions, parsnips, mushrooms, corn and kohlrabi are good sources of fibre, potassium and magnesium.

Professor of nutrition science at the university, Connie Weaver, said: “Potatoes are a great source for potassium, and only three per cent of ... adults consume the recommended daily intake for this mineral that’s essential to blood pressure.”

Additionally, Prof Weaver suggests that white veg may serve as a “pathway to increasing vegetable consumption in general”.

The NHS recommends that adults consume an average of five fruit and vegetable portions per day. A poll published in the National Diet and Nutrition Survey last year showed that less than a third of adults are getting the recommended amount of fresh produce.

If you’re worried about your diet and any mineral deficiencies you may have developed, have a one-off vitamin level test done to assess your health.

Posted by Jeanette Royston

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