About the potato

The potato
and health

The potato and health

Vitamin B6
An essential nutrient for a healthy nervous system

Source of folic acid
Necessary for the production of new cells and proteins and for healthy blood

Vitamin C
Essential for healthy skin and hair and strong bones, teeth and gums

Magnesium, zinc and copper
Contribute to strong bones and teeth, in combination with calcium

Source of carbohydrates
Stimulates the brain; stored for energy

For healthy blood

  Low in fat

Source of potassium
Helps control blood pressure

Vitamin B1
Essential for the release of energy from carbohydrates

  Low in calories

Help prevent constipation, in combination with water and exercise

  Source: BPC



Did you know?

  • In 2020 one in five people around the world will be overweight.
  • Potatoes contain fewer calories than other basic foods.
  • Potatoes have high concentrations of nutrients and fibres, such as minerals and vitamins B1, B6 and C.
  • People tend to eat more vegetables with potatoes than with rice or pasta.


The potato is not just tasty; it is also a healthy product. During recent years we have devoted more attention to the potato's role in the consumer's diet. In that context we perform research on taste, digestion and different health aspects.

A potato contains considerably fewer calories [link to calorie index] than processed food products such as white rice or pasta. In view of the fight against obesity, we have developed an even lighter variant: Sunlite®. This light potato contains a mere 59 kcal per 100 grams.

Index of calories in food products

Product: Weight (g) Energy (kcal) Protein (g) Iron (mg) Vit. C
Potatoes (peeled) 200 152 5 1.2 16
Wheat / pasta 200 188 6 0.8 -
White rice 200 294 6 0.8 -
Brown rice 200 238 6 1.2 -
Brown or white beans 200 216 16 4.0 -
Product: Kcal (100grams) Fat (grams) Fibre (grams)
Cooked potato 76 2.3 3.1
Prepared potato croquette 235 12 3.2
Prepared potato slices 223 10.9 3.2
Salted prepared French fries 309 15.4 3.2
Oven/freezer prepared French fries 286 8.8 3.2
Spring roll 177 28.2 2.0

Coloured potatoes full of antioxidants

Our Perupas are in line with today's superfood trend. These coloured potatoes, which originate from Peruvian potatoes from the Andes Mountains, have a purple, red / pink or dark yellow flesh colour. This is caused by the presence of the pigment anthocyanin, which is also found in beetroot. It is an antioxidant. Perupas contain more antioxidants than white potatoes. Antioxidants can help against cell and tissue damage and thus possibly help to offer protection against disease in the long term. In other words, it is an extra-healthy potato.

For the time being, Perupas is still aimed at professional chefs and the culinary consumer who deems healthy food important.

Food pyramid

Source: Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition