“In a recent Harvard Health article, cardiologist Dr Dara K. Lee Lewis noted that in comparison with the general population, individuals suffering from cardiovascular disease were more than twice as likely to contract severe forms of Covid-19. Lockdowns and working from home have also had a negative impact on household lifestyles, and surveys have revealed that many South Africans have reported a decline in their physical activity levels and a significant rise in weight gain over the past year. These are factors that further raise the risk of heart disease and strokes. This is particularly concerning given that, according to the Heart and Stroke Foundation South Africa, approximately 225 South Africans already die of heart disease every day.
“Potatoes South Africa has launched a digital campaign under the tagline #WeHeartAmazambane (‘We heart potatoes’). Immaculate Zinde from Potatoes South Africa commented: ‘Unfortunately, there are still many myths and misconceptions about potatoes, whereas potatoes are actually packed with fiber and nutrients that can actively help to lower your risk of heart disease. Given the effects of the pandemic on our health and well-being, it’s particularly important to understand the numerous rewards of potatoes for your body, and how you can cook them correctly for the most benefit.’.”
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