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Potatoes USA highlights the power of potato for athletic performance

Potatoes USA highlights the power of potato for athletic performance

Potassium Potato Smoothie.

February 13, 2018
Potatoes USA has partnered with four experts in nutrition and athletic performance to create 13 new recipes designed to encourage active consumers to power their performance with potatoes.

The new recipes were developed using the most recent compilation of nutrition recommendations for athletes published jointly by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) and Dietitians of Canada, along with a "Carbohydrates for Training and Performance" review published in The Journal of Sports Sciences.

Potatoes USA Expert Partners

Carissa Bealert, RD

Carissa Bealert, RD, certified personal trainer, marathon runner and race announcer for RunDisney

Leslie Bonci, MPH, RD, CSSD, LDN

Leslie Bonci, MPH, RD, CSSD, LDN, nutrition consultant for the Kansas City Chiefs, Carnegie Mellon University athletics, the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and the WNBA

Chef Glenn Lyman

Chef Glenn Lyman, owner of "GCooks," a personal chef and meal planning service for professional and Olympic athletes

Allen Tran, MS, RD, CSSD

Allen Tran, MS, RD, CSSD, high performance dietitian and chef for the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association
The research compilation published jointly by ACSM and AND states that "some research suggests that consuming carbohydrate along with protein post exercise may aid in recovery."

According to the review written by Louise Burke and colleagues and published in The Journal of Sports Sciences:

"Your body's stores of carbohydrates are limited and may be depleted even in a single session.”

“It's important to replenish them."
Loaded with carbohydrates, fat-free and a good source of potassium, potatoes provide a mix of nutrients for athletes who want to perform at their best.

With 620 milligrams of potassium in a 5.2 ounce skin-on potato, potatoes win on potassium when compared to a medium sweet potato or to a medium-sized banana.

And, potatoes contain as much if not more of several essential vitamins and minerals than spaghetti, brown rice or whole wheat bread (compared on a per-serving basis).
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Potatoes USA - until recently named the United States Potato Board (USPB) - is the nation’s potato marketing organization. Potatoes USA is the central organizing force in implementing programs that will increase demand for potatoes.