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When it comes to your heart, potatoes pack a one-two punch

When it comes to fighting cardiovascular disease, a nutrient-dense diet rich in fruits and vegetables is one of the most important weapons to bring into the battle. The potato contains several key nutrients. Skin-on potatoes rank highest for potassium content among the 20 top-selling fruits and vegetables. In fact, they have more potassium than a banana! Research suggests that diets rich in potassium and low in sodium can reduce the risk of hypertension and stroke. Potatoes are an excellent source of vitamin C (45% of the Daily Value (DV) – that’s more than one medium tomato (40% DV) or sweet potato (30% DV). Although the research is not conclusive, observational studies indicate that higher vitamin C intake is associated with reduced risk for cardiovascular diseases. Fresh potatoes have zero trans fats. The American Heart Association recommends diets low in trans fats as there is a link between trans fat intake and CVD. More

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