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Third World Vitamin A Deficiency Would Be Reduced With Consumption Of Orange Sweet Potatoes

February 18, 2011: 11:54 AM EST
The best type of sweet potato to use to curb a widespread – and deadly – vitamin A deficiency in developing countries is the orange variety, according to U.S. research. Sweet potatoes in developing countries are often  white, cream, yellow or purple, and are generally low in vitamin A. Nevertheless, the vitamin A-poor varieties are often eaten by people in Africa, while the orange variety is fed to cattle. The researchers urged the food industry to find ways to boost the production and consumption of orange-fleshed sweet potatoes in developing countries while helping to educate people about their benefits. The deficiency in vitamin A worldwide could be substantially solved “if farmers in developing countries replaced white, cream, yellow, and purple sweet potatoes with orange-flesh sweet potatoes,” the researchers concluded.
Betty J. Burri, "Evaluating Sweet Potato as an Intervention Food to Prevent Vitamin A Deficiency", Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety, February 18, 2011, © John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
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