Sweet potato doubles vitamin A intake – HarvestPlus study

22 November, 2011 by (comments)

Promising results just out from HarvestPlus, in the British Journal of Nutrition.

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It looks as though the orange sweet potato has been well-received in northern Mozambique, having been adopted by around 65 per cent those farmers who trialled it in Zambezia Province.

The improved tuber was developed by crop breeders to contain higher levels of beta-carotene – which turns the flesh orange. Beta-carotene is converted by the human body into vitamin A.

Seen as one option for tackling the prevalence of vitamin A deficiency in many rural parts of the developing world, the study found that the crop was so popular and had been adopted so readily, it doubled the vitamin A intakes of women and children who participated in the trial.

To find out more about exactly how they did it, you can see the full paper here.

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