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Food-Based Dietary Guidelines recommendations for potatoes

Summary of FBDG recommendations for potatoes for the EU, Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and the United Kingdom

Due care was taken to ensure factually correct information. Food groupings and food group names differ across individual FBDGs; the ones used here are a compromise to present the information in a structured way. Differences such as those in number of portions and portion sizes were kept unaltered. The original country FBDGs and the responsible national public health authorities remain the only qualified points of reference.

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Belgium---
Note: Boiled or steamed potatoes are recommended as part of a balanced diet, provided that the whole-grain intake is sufficient
Bulgaria-Consume potatoes boiled or baked, avoid fried potatoes and chips.-
Czechia---
DenmarkInclude potatoes in your meals several times a week. About 100 g of potatoes a day is adequate when eating a plant-rich and varied diet.-100 g
Note: Potatoes do not count towards the '6 a day' F&V

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GermanyDaily 1 serving (200-250 g) potatoes (cooked) (as alternative to pasta and rice).Eat plenty of (cereals, preferably wholegrain, and) potatoes.200-250 g potatoes (cooked)
Note: Included in "Starchy foods" group
Estonia1-2 portionsAvoid if rich in added fats and if heavily processed100 g boiled potatoes, 70 g boiled sweet potato, 100 g mashed potatoes, 100 g french fries, 100 g oven french fries, 100 g potatoes (fried in pan or baked potatoes) (low fat). 1 portion ≈ 75 kcal.
Note: Included in "Starchy foods" group (not potato crisps)
Ireland3-5 servings/d of wholemeal cereals and breads, potatoes, pasta, and rice.Use healthier cooking methods instead of frying or roasting with oil or fat. Limit chips.2 medium or 4 small potatoes
Note: Included in "Starchy foods" group
GreeceNot more than 3 servings of potatoes a week.-120-150 g (1 medium potato)
Note: Included in "Starchy foods" group

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Spain-

- Moderate the consumption of potatoes and other tubers.

- It is better to eat the potatoes cooked or steamed, as they are part of traditional recipes.                

150-200 g.

Example: a large potato or two small ones.       

France   
Notes: There is no scientific evidence to allow deriving an intake recommendation for potatoes. They can be consumed to the extent that this consumption does not hinder the achievement of other consumption benchmarks.
Croatia---
Note: Potato consumption does not count as a portion of vegetables
Italy1-2 portions per week.-2 small potatoes (200g)
Note: Included in "Starchy foods" group

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CyprusBread/ cereals /potatoes: 6-11 portions/d 90 g
Note: Included in "Starchy foods" group
Latvia4-6 servings of cereals (especially wholegrain) and potatoes every day.

- It is recommended to boil, stew or fry potatoes in an oven without fat or with a small amount of vegetable oil.

- Avoid eating salty potato snacks, such as potato chips.

A medium-sized potato
Note: Included in "Starchy foods" group
Lithuania---
Note: Potato consumption does not count as a portion of vegetables
LuxembourgOne portion of cereals or potatoes with each main meal.-A portion is equivalent to the amount represented by one hand, i.e. 2 handfuls of potatoes
Note: Included in "Starchy foods" group

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HungaryEat potatoes max. every other day.--
Note: Potatoes do not count for the four servings per day (no vegetables in that regard)
Malta3 or less servings/week.Potatoes are part of many traditional recipes. Potatoes used are preferably fresh and cooked with minimal fat, preferably with skin.80 g potato
NetherlandsSee starchy foods.
Weekly, maximum half of the recommendations for whole wheat products (excluding bread) and potatoes should consist of potatoes.
-Medium potato: 70 g
Note: Included in "Starchy foods" group
Austria--1 portion is 200-250 g cooked potatoes
Note: Included in "Starchy foods" group

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Poland---
Portugal4-11 servings/d of cereals and cereal products, tubers.-1.5 medium-sized potatoes (125 g).
Note: Included in "Starchy foods" group
RomaniaMax. 3 potatoes/week.--
Note: Included in Vegetables
Slovenia---
Note: Included in "Starchy foods" group

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Slovakia---
Finland-Keep eating them in usual amounts, and preferably boiled or cooked in the oven without cream or other added saturated fat.-
Note: Included in "Starchy foods" group
Sweden---
Note: Included in "Starchy foods" group

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United Kingdom---
Note: Included in "Starchy foods" group
Switzerland--180-300 g potatoes
Note: Included in one group together with cereal foods and pulses
Iceland---
Note: Even though potatoes are part of a varied diet they are not included in "Five a day" (five portions of fruit and vegetables)
Norway-Potatoes are not included in the 'five a day', but belong to a varied diet. Potatoes contain more dietary fibre, vitamins and minerals than usual rice and pasta. Choose boiled and baked potatoes over fried.-
Note: Included in "Starchy foods" group