Alliance for Potato Research & Education

2017 Request for Research Proposals: Letter of Intent

Feb 15, 2017

General/Overall Health

The Alliance for Potato Research and Education (APRE) is dedicated to funding research in a credible and transparent manner that a) expands knowledge about the nutritional properties of potatoes, and b) explores the role of potatoes in a healthy diet.

For calendar year 2017, APRE announces its key research priorities and seeks letters of intent (LOI) for clinical, preclinical and observational studies that address the following issues:

Potatoes in a Healthy Lifestyle

• Impact of potatoes on short-term physical performance and/or recovery in well-trained athletes
• Impact of potato consumption by toddlers on diet quality and various health indices, particularly in food desert areas

Potatoes in Healthy Dietary Patterns

• Impact of potatoes in plant- vs animal protein-based diets on various health indices
• Impact of potatoes alone or as a part of various healthy meals on glycemic index and/or satiety

Potato Consumption in Cardiometabolic Health and Disease

• Impact of potato consumption on Type II diabetes, glycemic control and/or overweight/obesity
• Impact of potato consumption on markers of cardiovascular health and disease, serum lipids, etc.

Gut Microbiome

• Impact of potato resistant starch on gut microbiome
• Impact of processing on the resistant starch content, calorie content and glycemic index of a potato

The LOI is due by Friday, March 10, 2017. Please send the LOI to research@apre.org. APRE will fund projects with a maximum budget of $200,000.

The LOI should be limited to 2 pages, single space, 11-point font and should include: title, principal investigator, institution, brief introduction, study hypotheses, study aims, experimental approach, budget and timeline. Principal investigators may submit multiple LOIs.

Selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal. Full proposals will be reviewed by recognized content experts.

APRE will hold all information provided by the researcher in confidence while your LOI is under consideration.

Please direct any questions to APRE at research@apre.org.

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Pairing entrées with popular vegetables such as white potatoes may result in the least amount of plate waste in school cafeterias.

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Children and Adolescents Fruits/Vegetables

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Children and Adolescents Cardiovascular Health/Disease

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APRE Fact Sheet

May 01, 2015

Nutrition and Nutrients

Your Go-To Nutrition Science Resource on the Potato in All Forms

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American Society for Nutrition (ASN) 2015 Satellite Session: Science and Policy: Adopting a Fruitful Vegetable Encounter for Our Children

Mar 27, 2015

Children and Adolescents Fruits/Vegetables Nutrition and Nutrients

The ASN 2015 Satellite Session "Science and Policy: Adopting a Fruitful Vegetable Encounter for Our Children" featured leading food and nutrition scientists who presented emerging research and identified gaps to better understand vegetable consumption and behavior in order to provide a basis on which to implement various strategies to increase vegetable consumption among infants, young children, and school-aged children. The session was organized and sponsored by the Alliance for Potato Research and Education.

The eight videos linked to the ASN website have been designated as an educational activity with a maximum of 4.0 Continuing Professional Education Units (CPEUs). After watching the videos, fill out the evaluation to claim your CPEUs. Certificates are emailed every few weeks.

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Dietary Quality among Men and Women in 187 Countries in 1990 and 2010: A Systematic Assessment

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Potassium and Blood Pressure Cardiovascular Health/Disease

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Nutrition and Nutrients Dietary Guidance/Patterns

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Aug 14, 2014 O'Donnell M, Mente A, Rangarajan S, McQueen MJ, Xingyu X, Liu L, et al.

Cardiovascular Health/Disease

View the study published in New England Journal of Medicine [2014;371:612-623].

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Association of Urinary Sodium and Potassium Excretion with Blood Pressure

Aug 14, 2014 Mente A, O'Donnell MJ, Rangarajan S, McQueen MJ, Poirier P, Wielgosz A, et al.

Cardiovascular Health/Disease

View the study published in New England Journal of Medicine [2014;371:601-611].

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Global Sodium Consumption and Death from Cardiovascular Causes

Aug 14, 2014 Mozaffarian D, Fahimi S, Singh GM, Micha R, Khatibzadeh S, Engell RE, et al.

Cardiovascular Health/Disease

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Low Sodium Intake: Cardiovascular Health Benefit or Risk?

Aug 14, 2014 Oparil S

Cardiovascular Health/Disease

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Fruits and Vegetables Displace, but Do Not Decrease, Total Energy in School Lunches

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Aug 01, 2014 Humphreys KJ, Conlon MA, Young GP, Topping DL, Hu Y, Winter JM, et al.

Gastrointestinal Health Resistant Starch

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Jul 23, 2014 Szabo de Edelenyi F, Julia C, Courtois F, Mejean C, Peneau S, Galan P, et al.

Dietary Guidance/Patterns Nutrition and Nutrients

View the abstract of the study published in Annals of Nutrition & Metabolism [2014;64(1):28-37].

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Mini-Guide: Meeting Your MyPlate Goals on a Budget

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At-Risk Populations/Subgroups Dietary Guidance/Patterns Menus/Recipes

Find great ideas for making healthy, affordable choices within the fruits and vegetables food groups as well as recipes that feature white potatoes—the largest, most affordable source of potassium in the produce department!

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May 12, 2014

Nutrition and Nutrients Fats and Oils

This toolkit contains consolidated information about French fry nutrition and consumption from the scientific literature and the APRE website.

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American Society for Nutrition (ASN) 2014 Satellite Session: Let's Chew the Fat: Current Thinking on Dietary Fats and the Food We Eat

Apr 25, 2014

Fats and Oils Food Technology

The ASN 2014 Satellite Session "Let's Chew the Fat: Current Thinking on Dietary Fats and the Food We Eat" featured leading food and nutrition scientists who highlighted the latest research on the role of fatty acids in health and the new technologies that are changing the types of fats used in food production. The session was organized and sponsored by the Alliance for Potato Research and Education.

The six videos linked to the ASN webpage have been designated as an educational activity with a maximum of 4.0 Continuing Professional Education Units (CPEUs). After watching the videos, fill out the evaluation to claim your CPEUs. Certificates are emailed every few weeks.

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French Fries Said No to PHO Long Ago

Mar 03, 2014 Decker E, Storey M

Fats and Oils Food Safety

Potato product manufacturers have reformulated foods to virtually eliminate trans fats without increasing saturated fats.

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Meeting Your MyPlate Goals on a Budget

Feb 25, 2014

Menus/Recipes At-Risk Populations/Subgroups Dietary Guidance/Patterns

Find great ideas for making healthy, affordable choices within each MyPlate food group as well as recipes and cooking tips to make those healthy foods taste great!

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The Impact and Consequences of Banning Trans Fatty Acids

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Fats and Oils Food Safety

When making policy recommendations for the removal of a food ingredient, one always needs to examine what will be used in its place.

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Fruits/Vegetables

Potatoes in all forms are an important part of USDA's MyPlate.

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Sep 03, 2013 Drewnowski A

Fruits/Vegetables Nutrition and Nutrients

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Fact Sheet: Get the Facts on French Fries

Aug 28, 2013

Fats and Oils Nutrition and Nutrients

Like potatoes cooked by other methods, French fried potatoes provide important shortfall nutrients and are now prepared with healthier oils.

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The Role of Potatoes and Potato Components in Cardiometabolic Health: A Review

Jul 15, 2013 McGill CR, Kurilich AC, Davignon J

Cardiovascular Health/Disease Potassium and Blood Pressure

View the abstract of the study published in Annals of Medicine [2013 July. DOI:10.3109/07853890.2013.813633].

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Dietary Fiber Content of Commonly Consumed Vegetables

Jul 09, 2013

Nutrition and Nutrients

View a chart that shows the amount of dietary fiber per 100 grams in various forms of the white potato compared to other vegetables.

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Potassium Content of Commonly Consumed Fruits and Vegtables

Jul 09, 2013

Nutrition and Nutrients

View a chart that shows the amount of potassium per 100 grams in various forms of the white potato compared to other fruits and vegetables.

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Trends in Trans Fatty Acids Reformulations of U.S. Supermarket and Brand-Name Foods from 2007 through 2011

May 23, 2013 Otite FO, Jacobson MF, Dahmubed A, Mozaffarian D

Cardiovascular Health/Disease Fats and Oils

View the study published in Preventing Chronic Disease [2013;10:120198. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5888/pcd10.120198].

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Sodium Intake in Populations: Assessment of Evidence

May 14, 2013 Institute of Medicine

At-Risk Populations/Subgroups Cardiovascular Health/Disease

This report contains an assessment of designs, methodologies, and conclusions in the latest body of research on dietary sodium intake and health outcomes in the general U.S. population and among at-risk populations.

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White Vegetables: A Forgotten Source of Nutrients: Purdue Roundtable Executive Summary

May 14, 2013 Weaver C, Marr ET

General/Overall Health Fruits/Vegetables Dietary Guidance/Patterns Nutrition and Nutrients

View the Executive Summary of the supplement entitled "White Vegetables: A Forgotten Source of Nutrients" published in Advances in Nutrition [2013 May;4(3):318S-326S].

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May 07, 2013

Nutrition and Nutrients

View a chart that shows the amount of potassium per serving in various forms of the white potato compared to other starchy foods.

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Potassium Content of Commonly Consumed Starchy Foods per Calorie (Nutrient Density)

May 07, 2013

Nutrition and Nutrients

View a chart that shows the amount of potassium per calorie (nutrient density) in various forms of the white potato compared to other starchy foods.

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American Society for Nutrition (ASN) 2013 Satellite Session: White Vegetables: Addressing the Nutrition Gap

Apr 19, 2013

Fruits/Vegetables Nutrition and Nutrients Dietary Guidance/Patterns

The ASN 2013 Satellite Session "White Vegetables: Addressing the Nutrition Gap" featured leading food and nutrition scientists who presented emerging research and product innovations that highlighted the nutritional impact of white vegetables, especially the potato, in a healthy, well-balanced diet. The session was organized and sponsored by the Alliance for Potato Research and Education.

The seven videos linked to the ASN website have been designated as an educational activity with a maximum of 4.0 Continuing Professional Education Units (CPEUs). After watching the videos, fill out the evaluation to claim your CPEUs. Certificates are emailed every few weeks.

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Feb 01, 2013 Cohen JF, Richardson S, Austin SB, Economos CD, Rimm EB

Children and Adolescents Nutrition and Nutrients

View the abstract of the study published in American Journal of Preventative Medicine [2013 February;44(2):114-121].

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Sep 04, 2012 Cogswell ME, Zhang Z, Carriquiry AL, Gunn JP, Kuklina EV, Saydah SH, et al.

Potassium and Blood Pressure General/Overall Health

View the abstract of the study published in American Journal of Clinical Nutrition [2012 September;96(3):647-657].

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Enjoy Your Food...Just Eat Less

Aug 20, 2012

General/Overall Health Nutrition and Nutrients

Choose to eat less and enjoy a healthy plate full of flavor!

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Scientific Brief: Potato Product Innovation—Fats and Dietary Guidance

Jun 29, 2012

General/Overall Health Fats and Oils

White potatoes in all forms, including frozen French fried potatoes (oven heated or deep fried), provide important nutrients, such as potassium, dietary fiber, and vitamin C, and are now prepared with healthier oils. When eaten in moderation, French fried potatoes can be part of a healthy, well-balanced diet. Technological advances continue to improve the nutrition profile of white potatoes in all forms, ensuring this already-nutritious and popular vegetable is aligned with dietary guidance.

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Children and Adolescents Nutrition and Nutrients Menus/Recipes

Today’s lifestyle is non-stop action for many families, so APRE has developed its Children’s Menu to help health professionals educate busy parents with busy children on how to make delicious and healthful choices whether dining out or eating at home.

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Scientific Brief: The White Potato—An Affordable, Nutrient-Dense Vegetable

Jun 01, 2012

Nutrition and Nutrients

Intakes of potassium and dietary fiber are low enough in the United States to be a public health concern, and most Canadians do not consume sufficient amounts of potassium or dietary fiber to meet their needs. The white potato is one of the best sources of potassium and dietary fiber compared to other frequently consumed fruits and vegetables and is also among the lowest-cost sources of potassium.

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Some Canadian-Grown Potato Cultivars Contribute to a Substantial Content of Essential Dietary Minerals

May 09, 2012 Nassar AM, Sabally K, Kubow S, Leclerc YN, Donnelly DJ

Nutrition and Nutrients

View the abstract of the study published in Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry [2012 May;60(18):4688-4696].

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The Nutrient Rich Foods Index Helps to Identify Healthy, Affordable Foods

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Nutrition and Nutrients General/Overall Health

View the study published in American Journal of Clinical Nutrition [2010 April;91(4):1095S-1101S].

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Canadians Continue to Consume Too Much Sodium and Not Enough Potassium

Apr 28, 2012 Tanase CM, Koski KG, Laffey PJ, Cooper MJ, Cockell KA

General/Overall Health Nutrition and Nutrients

View the study published in Canadian Journal of Public Health [2011 May-Jun;102(3):164-168].

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Potatoes on the Plate in Schools

Apr 26, 2012 Beauvais D

Nutrition and Nutrients Children and Adolescents

Debbi Beauvais, RD, SNS discusses the new school meal regulations and shows how potatoes are compatible with the new regulations.

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Less Than 1%

Feb 20, 2012

Children and Adolescents Obesity and Weight Gain

Know the facts about potato consumption among school children.

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Feb 15, 2012 Slavin J

Nutrition and Nutrients General/Overall Health

Dr. Joanne Slavin shows how all fruits and vegetables can fit on MyPlate.

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Potatoes, Including French Fries, Contribute Key Nutrients to Diets of U.S. Adults: NHANES 2003-2006

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Nutrition and Nutrients

View the study published in Journal of Nutritional Therapeutics [2012;1(1):1-11].

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Foods, Fortificants, and Supplements: Where Do Americans Get Their Nutrients?

Oct 01, 2011 Fulgoni VL III, Keast DR, Bailey RL, Dwyer J

General/Overall Health Nutrition and Nutrients

View the study published in Journal of Nutrition [2011 October;141(10):1847-1854].

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Following Federal Guidelines to Increase Nutrient Consumption May Lead to Higher Food Costs for Consumers

Aug 03, 2011 Monsivais P, Aggarwal A, Drewnowski A

Nutrition and Nutrients

View the abstract of the study published in Health Affairs (Millwood) [2011 August;30(8):1471-1477].

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Children and Adolescents Nutrition and Nutrients

View the abstract of the study published in Nutrition Research [2011 April;31(4):270-277].

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Potatoes and Human Health

Nov 01, 2009 Camire ME, Kubow S, Donnelly DJ

General/Overall Health Nutrition and Nutrients

View the abstract of the study published in Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition [2009 November;49(10):823-840].

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