Recent Research Shows That Potatoes Are Healthy—If Eaten Without Added Fats Like Butter And Cream

Recent Research Shows That Potatoes Are Healthy—If Eaten Without Added Fats Like Butter And Cream

As low-carbohydrate diets have gained in popularity, potatoes have taken a backseat to other vegetables. The chance of acquiring type 2 diabetes may also be increased by eating potatoes, as has been shown by previous study.

While many vegetables offer health advantages, recent study published in the medical journal Diabetes Care suggests that potatoes may not. It’s possible that people’s unhealthy associations with potatoes stem from the ways in which they’re prepared and eaten, such when they’re doused in butter or served with meat.

The long-term project, led by scientists at Edith Cowan University (EDU), surveyed the eating habits of more over 54,000 individuals. Researchers from East Carolina University’s Nutrition and Health Innovation Research Institute, lead by Dr. Nicola Bondonno, showed that individuals who ate the most veggies had a 21% lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes than those who ate the fewest.

Although potatoes did not reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes as other vegetables did, they also had no detrimental influence. The study’s author stressed the need of examining underlying dietary habits when discussing the link between certain foods and health risks.

Results showed that those who consumed the most leafy greens as well as cruciferous vegetables, such as spinach, broccoli, or cauliflower, had a considerably decreased chance of acquiring type 2 diabetes.

Potatoes are healthy

There is an increasing body of evidence indicating that potatoes are good for you, and this latest study only adds to it. Similar results suggesting potatoes do not raise the incidence of type 2 diabetes and are full of vital nutrients and health benefits were published in the peer-reviewed medical journal Journal of Medicinal Food last month. According to the results of this research, swapping high-calorie meat for lower-fat alternatives like potatoes and beans may help people shed extra pounds.


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