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Potatoes key to solving SA malnutrition challenges

As South Africa joins in commemorating World Food Day on 16 October, the spotlight has been thrust on the growing triple burden of malnutrition facing vulnerable households – especially given rising food insecurity and the loss of livelihoods in the wake of the pandemic. Potatoes have emerged as a crucial ally for combatting malnutrition, achieving more sustainable and equitable food systems in the country, and for uplifting households through providing income and employment opportunities.

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FIGHTING SA’S DEADLY DUO WITH THE POWER OF POTATOES

Potatoes South Africa’s Marketing Manager, Immaculate Zinde, notes that Heart Awareness month is the perfect time to renew your focus on managing your health by following a balanced diet featuring heart-friendly vegetables such as potatoes.

“Unfortunately, there are still many myths and misconceptions about potatoes, whereas potatoes are actually packed with fibre and nutrients that can actively help to lower your risk of heart disease. Given the effects of the pandemic on our health and well-being, it’s particularly important to understand the numerous rewards of potatoes for your body, and how you can cook them correctly for the most benefit,” she says.