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Are potatoes vegetables?

  1. In France potatoes are seen as a vegetable. Why is that not the case here?

  1. Patricia Schutte, nutritionist Outside the Netherlands, the potato is indeed regularly seen as a vegetable. In the Netherlands, we place the potato with bread and grain products. This has to do with the nutrients in potato and the place that the potato traditionally occupies in the meal.

Nutrients in potato

  1. Potatoes contain nutrients that are more compatible with vegetables, but also nutrients that are more like grains. Potatoes mainly contain carbohydrates, potassium and vitamin B6, as well as fiber, protein, folic acid and vitamin C. Vitamin C, folic acid and potassium â € pastâ € ™ more in vegetables. Carbohydrates, vitamin B6 and protein more with grains. Fiber can be obtained from both vegetables and grain products.

Health effects of potato

  1. There is insufficient scientific data on the health effects of potatoes. In terms of health, it is therefore difficult to give the potato a place.

Consideration: nutrients and place with the meal

  1. So there is something to be said for placing potatoes with vegetables. After all, certain nutrients correspond. But nutrients also correspond to bread and grain products. Because in the Netherlands the potato is traditionally eaten at dinner as a carbohydrate source and not as a vegetable, it was decided to place the potato with bread and grain products.

But… Whole grains and fiber from grains have been clearly shown to reduce the risk of stroke, certain heart diseases, type 2 diabetes and colon cancer. Because of the health benefits of whole grain products, it is therefore advisable to take whole grain products every day. You can also supplement it with potato. Do you also have a question? Then ask one of our experts. Always go to your doctor with urgent questions, the experts are not the right person for that. They also don't make diagnoses. You can find the other conditions here. Patricia Schutte has worked for more than 25 years as an information officer at the Netherlands Nutrition Center in The Hague. She answers questions about healthy, sustainable and safe food. A Don't miss anything anymore?

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