Folate is an essential nutrient, its prime objective is to improve functionality in the immune system and to help normalise blood formation. These factors make folate an incredibly important nutrient especially to vulnerable groups whose immune systems are weaker than most. Furthermore, our bodies are incapable of storing it which means you need it in your diet every day – the recommended daily intake totals up to 200mg. It also reduces feelings of tiredness or fatigue.
It is also a fundamental nutrient in the first stages of pregnancy, in fact, The Department of Health stated 'If you are pregnant or thinking of trying to have a baby take a 0.4mg (400 micrograms) folic acid supplement daily from the time you stop using contraception until the 12th week of pregnancy. This is to help prevent birth defects of the central nervous system, such as spina bifida, in your baby.'
The potato is a versatile ingredient in the kitchen and is incredibly easy to implement in your meals every day, giving you the perfect excuse to take in your required folate dosage daily. Potato is regarded as a good source of folate being thoroughly recommended during the course of pregnancy and to other vulnerable groups – healthy potatoes have been proven to possess no health risks whatsoever.
A 180g serving of boiled potatoes offers you one-sixth of your daily required amount fo folate and its B vitamin partners, this amounts to around 33mg of folate.
This campaign was originally produced in the framework of a programme co-financed by the European Union