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More potatoes can be eaten than previously thought, study suggests.

A NEW study has found that potatoes might be even healthier than we thought, dispelling the myths of many consumers that they are 'fattening' or 'too carby'.

Conducted by researchers at Boston University, the study was published in the Journal of Nutritional Science and involved 2,523 participants who were 30 years old and older. 

They assessed the eating habits and health of participants over time to understand to what extent the regular consumption of potatoes by healthy adults could potentially have an adverse impact on their cardiometabolic health.

While the study was published in September 2022, researchers had begun collecting data in 1971 from around 70% of participants  and continued this throughout the subsequent years. Those behind the study took a look at how many and what types of potatoes participants would eat, such as white potatoes and sweet potatoes.

Participants were eating 36% baked potatoes, 28% fried, 14% mashed, and 9% boiled, while the remainder were additional options. The researchers also noted the ongoing health of the participants.

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In the case of healthy adults, the overall results showed there was no connection between eating four or more cups of white potatoes or sweet potatoes — whether fried or not — each week and an increased risk of health issues, including hypertension and dyslipidemia.

Beyond that, participants who ate fried potato dishes had a lower risk of dealing with various health issues if they weren't as likely to eat red meat or were physically active. 

Specifically, they were 24% less likely to develop Type 2 diabetes and 26% less likely to have elevated triglycerides.

"It's not surprising that potatoes weren't associated with risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, or elevated triglycerides because potatoes are a whole, unprocessed food," DJ Blatner, RDN, CSSD, and author of the Flexitarian Diet.

Source: Yahoo Life

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