How can potatoes enhance a vegan diet?

20 Aug 2021

Whether it is a lifestyle or dietary choice, a vegan diet pertains to only eating plant-based foods. Veganism is often described as “an extreme form of vegetarianism”, as those who subscribe to it reject eating meat, dairy, and animal produce. Some go as far as making it an all-consuming lifestyle, avoiding leather and other animal […]

Whether it is a lifestyle or dietary choice, a vegan diet pertains to only eating plant-based foods. Veganism is often described as “an extreme form of vegetarianism”, as those who subscribe to it reject eating meat, dairy, and animal produce. Some go as far as making it an all-consuming lifestyle, avoiding leather and other animal produce. Considering the restrictions that come with a vegan diet, it is heartening to note that spuds are not just plants, but are filled with nutritious goodness. 

Plant protein
Potatoes contain plant protein. A medium potato with skin (180g) provides 4.5g of protein – that’s equivalent to the protein content of half an egg. Such a nutrient-rich addition to a vegan diet can really go a long way, particularly when it is part of a healthy, balanced diet – under the guidance of your medical practitioner.

Taste, versatility and convenience
While the potato in itself falls under vegan, remember how you prepare it counts. It comes as a relief to consider the many ways in which potatoes can be consumed in a tasty, versatile and convenient way. Think of jacket potatoes, chips, yummy vegan potatoes and mouth-watering colourful vegan potato salad

Accessibility
A challenge that often comes up among vegans is that it is a limited and often “expensive” diet. With value for money potatoes – that are always fresh, always in season, South Africa’s number one vegetable really goes a long way to feed South African families. They last longer than several other fruit and veggies and are a high-quality energy source to power your day.  The best thing about potatoes is that they are just as popular among vegans and non-vegans. As showcased on this television advert that is proudly sponsored by the potatoes industry, tatters can be enjoyed in many ways! They truly are the goodness of the earth – and a must-add to any meal.

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