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Study: Eating a Lot of Potatoes increases The Risk of Serious Health Conditions!

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Study: Eating a Lot of Potatoes increases The Risk of Serious Health Conditions!
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Potatoes are a mealtime staple, but they can pose hidden health risks if eaten a lot.


And Harvard Health revealed that having more potatoes in your diet can increase your risk of three serious health conditions.


As he explains, "They are rich in the type of carbohydrates that the body digests quickly, which leads to a rise in blood sugar and insulin and then a decrease." This means that root vegetables rank high on the glycemic index (GI), which is a rating system for foods that contain carbohydrates - it shows how quickly each food affects your blood sugar (glucose) level when eaten alone.


The faster the food is broken down into blood glucose, the more pronounced the effect on blood sugar levels, and this can increase the risk of type 2 diabetes.


Moreover, "the effect of high blood sugar in the diet can cause people to feel hungry again soon after eating, which can then lead to overeating," warns Harvard Health.


In the long run, diets rich in potatoes and foods high in fast-digesting carbohydrates can also contribute to obesity, diabetes and heart disease.


A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine tracked the diet and lifestyle habits of 120,000 men and women for up to 20 years.


The researchers were primarily interested in how small changes in food choice might contribute to weight gain over time.


They found that people who increased their consumption of French fries and baked or mashed potatoes gained more weight over time.


The risk that potatoes pose to the development of heart disease may stem from their association with high blood pressure - a precursor to cardiovascular problems.


Researchers from Harvard Medical School studied more than 187,000 men and women in three large US studies.


They compared people who ate less than one serving a month of baked, mashed, boiled, chips or french fries, and people who ate four or more servings a week.


They found that there was an 11 percent higher risk of developing high blood pressure if participants ate four or more servings a week of baked, boiled, or mashed potatoes, and a 17 percent higher risk of developing high blood pressure, compared to people who ate less than one portion a month.


The researchers found no increased risks with increased consumption of potato chips.


The study showed that replacing part of the potato with a serving of vegetables can reduce the risk of developing high blood pressure. However, there are some reservations about the study.



Source: RT

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