Potato

Increasing dietary mineral delivery through potatoes

Potato is the fourth most important crop worldwide after maize, wheat and rice and is a rich source of proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals. Essential minerals are required in small amounts that enable the human body to produce enzymes, hormones and other substances essential for proper growth and development. In developing countries billions of people suffer from malnutrition caused by mineral micronutrient deficiency. These deficiencies are probably due to the high intake of staple food crops such as maize, wheat and rice that are deficient in essential minerals and low intake of mineral-rich fruits and vegetables (HarvestPlus).

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