Why eating potatoes could help you ‘lose weight with little effort’: study
Carb lovers rejoice! Long a guilty pleasure, this sweet starch could be your secret weapon when you’re trying to “lose weight with little effort.”
Researchers have discovered the surprising health benefits of potatoes — as it turns out, these sprouts are incredibly nutrient-dense and could be a key “part of a healthy diet,” according to new study by researchers at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Root vegetables have long been scorned as too starchy for people with insulin resistance, and were once thought to contribute to type 2 diabetes. But tater’s bad rap it could be corrected now that scientists claim it can be part of an ideal diet.
This is great news for those who have loaded up Grandma’s famous mashed potatoes during Thanksgiving, or who overindulge in carbohydrates at holiday feasts in December and New Years.
Because starch is low-calorie, but very fillingresearchers have found that filling your plate full of potatoes can help shrink your waistline.
“People tend to eat the same weight of food regardless of calorie content in order to feel full,” Professor Candida Rebello, co-author of the study, told SWNS. “By eating heavier foods that are low in calories, you can easily reduce the number of calories you consume.”
The study included 36 people aged 18 to 60 who were overweight, obese or had insulin resistance. Participants were given two different diets, both rich in fruits and vegetables, and replaced 40% of typical American meat consumption with beans, peas, or potatoes.
Beans they are advertised as superfoods for diabetesbecause doctors once declared legumes to be the best at keeping blood sugar stable—but these researchers were putting that theory to the test.
“The key aspect of our study is that we didn’t reduce the size of the meals, but we reduced their caloric content by including potatoes,” Rebello continued. “Each participant’s meal was tailored to their personalized caloric needs, but by replacing some of the meat with potatoes, participants were fuller, faster, and often didn’t even finish their meal.”
Rebello’s quote: “Actually, you can lose weight with a little effort.”
potato contain vitamin C, vitamin B6, potassium, magnesium, folate and fiber, all of which promote health and have also been found to have antioxidants.
The potatoes were boiled – with the skin on – and then refrigerated for 12 to 24 hours to increase the fiber content. Spuds are then included in lunch and dinner for the participants in the form of mashed potatoes, shepherd’s pie, cloves, salad and scallops.
After comparing the nutrients, scientists found that potatoes are just as healthy as beans and peas.
“We have shown that, contrary to popular belief, potatoes do not negatively affect blood glucose levels,” Rebello said. “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 maintain a healthy diet and indulge in some potatoes, challenging what was previously believed about the once cursed starch.
“People usually don’t stick to a diet they don’t like or that isn’t varied enough,” the professor continued. “The meal plans contained a variety of meals, and we showed that a healthy eating plan can have a variety of options for individuals who are trying to eat healthy.”
Obviously, carb lovers can’t just munch on potatoes, but it’s not necessary to give them up completely. In fact, potatoes are “fabulously cheap” and easy to include in everyday meals.
dr. John Kirwan, the study’s principal investigator and executive director of the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, used the study to investigate the effects of food on diabetes and obesity, saying more needs to be known about the “complex disease” and how to manage it.
“Obesity is an incredibly complex disease that we are tackling on three different fronts: research looking at how and why our bodies react the way they do, research looking at individual responses to diet and physical activity, and policy and community-level debates programs that translate our research into strategies that our local and global communities can use for healthier lives,” he said. “This new data on the impact of potatoes on our metabolism is an exciting addition to the arsenal of evidence that we need to do just that.”