Saturday, August 17, 2013

Potatoes Prove Economic Way of Trimming Waistlines in Summer


Sweet potatoes and white potatoes are typical diet foods. The former are rich in dietary fiber, which gives the feeling of fullness, while the latter are low in calories with 55 kcal per 100 g, making them a sensible choice in the summer when people are watching their waistlines more closely.

Sweet potatoes are harvested from August and regular white potatoes from June, but, ironically, their consumption tends to fall as the mercury rises.

Lotte Mart reported that last year 40 percent of the sweet potatoes it sold were snapped up in the winter months from January to March. Over the same period, the discount chain also sold 32.9 percent of its white potatoes.

As sales have dipped recently due to the unusually early spike in temperature, prices are also falling. At the Seoul Agro-Fisheries and Food Corporation, 10 kg of first-grade sweet potatoes were being auctioned for W21,892 (US$1=W1,155) on June 10, down 48.3 percent from W42,330 last year. Meanwhile, 20 kg of first-grade white potatoes plunged 57.4 percent to W14,633.

"The prices are expected to fall even lower as the summer gets into full swing," said a Lotte Mart staffer.


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