Why eating potatoes could help you ‘lose weight with little effort’: study


Carb lovers rejoice! Long a guilty pleasure, this delectable starch could be a secret weapon when you’re trying to “lose weight with little effort.”

Researchers have discovered the surprising health benefit of potatoes — it turns out that these potatoes are incredibly nutritious and can be a crucial “part of a healthy diet,” according to a new study by researchers at Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

The root vegetable has long been dismissed as too starchy for people with insulin resistance and was once thought to be a contributor to type 2 diabetes. But the tater tots’ bad rap may be cured now that scientists claim it can be part of the ideal diet.

This is great news for those who ate Grandma’s famous mashed potatoes during Thanksgiving, or who find themselves overindulging in carbs during the December and New Year holidays.

Because the starch is low in calories but very filling, researchers found that filling a plate full of potatoes can contribute to a shrinking waistline.

“People tend to eat the same weight of food, regardless of calorie content, to feel full,” Professor Candida Rebello, a co-author of the study, told SWNS. “By eating heavier weight foods that are low in calories, you can easily reduce the number of calories you take in.”

The versatile root vegetable once got a bad reputation among diabetics and the obese, as it was previously thought to contribute to weight gain and insulin resistance.
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The study included 36 people between the ages of 18 and 60 who were overweight, obese or insulin resistant. Participants were fed two different diets, both rich in fruits and vegetables, and swapped 40% of typical American meat consumption for beans, peas or potatoes.

Beans have been touted as a superfood for diabetes, as doctors once crowned the legume as the best at keeping blood sugars stable – but these researchers tested that theory.

“The most important aspect of our research is that we did not reduce the portion size of meals, but reduced their caloric content by adding potatoes,” Rebello continued. “Each participant’s meal was tailored to their personal caloric needs, but by substituting part of the meat content for potato, the participants found themselves fuller, faster, and often didn’t even finish their meal.”

Rebello’s buzz quote: “In fact, you can lose weight with little effort.”

Potatoes contain vitamin C, vitamin B6, potassium, magnesium, folic acid and fiber, all of which promote health, and have also been shown to contain antioxidants.

The potatoes were boiled—with the skins on—and then refrigerated for 12 to 24 hours to maximize their fiber. The spuds were then included in participants’ lunch and dinner meals in the form of mashed potatoes, shepherd’s pie, wedges, salad and scallops.

When comparing nutrients, scientists found that potatoes were just as healthy as beans and peas.

“We have shown that, contrary to popular belief, potatoes do not negatively affect blood glucose levels,” said Rebello. “In fact, the individuals who participated in our study lost weight.”

The study, which was published in the Journal of Medical Food, confirmed that people can still eat a healthy diet and indulge in some potatoes, contradicting what was previously thought about the once-damned starch.

side dish potatoes
The study is a godsend for carbohydrate lovers, who wouldn’t dare give up their favorite side dish.
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The starchy spuds could even shrink the waistlines of avid eaters.
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“People usually don’t stick to a diet that they don’t like or isn’t varied enough,” the professor continued. “The meal plans offered a variety of dishes, and we showed that a healthy eating plan can have varied options for people who strive to eat healthy.”

It is clear that carbohydrate lovers can not only eat potatoes, but it is also not necessary to completely refrain from them. In fact, potatoes are “fairy cheap” and can be easily incorporated into everyday meals.

Dr. John Kirwan, the study’s lead investigator and the executive director of the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, used the study to examine the effects of food on diabetes and obesity, saying there is more to learn about “complex disease” and how it is to solve. .

“Obesity is an incredibly complex disease that we are tackling on three different fronts: research that looks at how and why our bodies respond the way they do, research that looks at individual responses to diet and exercise, and policy-level and community-level discussions. programs that take our research into strategies our local and global communities can use to live healthier lives,” he said. “This new data on the impact of potatoes on our metabolism is an exciting addition to the panoply of evidence we have to determine to do that.”

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.


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