Baked potatoes, fried potatoes, mashed potatoes, chips… Well, I really think that we all love potatoes, right? Can I ask you a simple question – have you heard the latest news? Many experts around the world are warning that eating too many potatoes in any form – baked, boiled or as mash – could potentially be bad for our health. The researchers say that eating potatoes four times a week could be harmful and contribute to the condition that causes strokes and heart attacks.
Here’s what you need to know – this study is the first to identify potatoes as a key source of hypertension, better known as high blood pressure. The experts of this study have said that they’ve found independent prospective associations of higher intake of baked, boiled or mashed potatoes and french-fries with an increased risk of hypertension. They’ve also said that women are particularly at risk, although the study found that both sexes were affected.
Note: you should know that the researchers of this study highly recommend that you should replace potatoes as often as possible with a non-starchy vegetable as a way of eating healthily. But, they found no association between eating crisps and an increased risk of high blood pressure. However, the scientists did not measure people’s salt intake, which could affect their findings.
The real and ugly truth is that we’ve all thought that potatoes are healthy and good for our health, especially because they contain fiber. But, as you can see, we were wrong! The experts say that potatoes can be really bad for us because they have a high glycemic load, especially boiled potatoes. The postprandial hyperglycemia that follows a high glycemic load meal has been associated with endothelial dysfunction, oxidative stress, and inflammation, all potentially important mechanisms in the development of hypertension,
The researchers based their findings on examination of more than 187,000 men and women in three large studies in the US. And they’ve compared the health of those who had eaten potatoes four or more times a week with those who had done so only once a month. The former was associated with a higher risk of hypertension in participants in all three studies. The researchers have also found that if you replace potatoes with other vegetables, which don’t contain starch – you will reduce the risk of heart disease by 7%.
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