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Potatoes Provide Nutrition Benefits

The 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommendations focus on increased nutrient-dense vegetable consumption. Americans can take simple steps toward eating healthier by choosing potatoes. As a nutrient-dense vegetable, potatoes support all three healthy eating patterns — Healthy U.S., Healthy Vegetarian, and Healthy Mediterranean — defined in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The versatility of potatoes also means they can easily fit into meals across a variety of personal and cultural preferences for breakfast, lunch and dinner. For the first time in the history of the committee’s guidance on nutrition and health, the Dietary Guidelines also covers specific recommendations for individuals under two years old, supporting potatoes as a healthy first food for babies and toddlers, as well."