It has been found that the greater intake of potatoes increases the chances of hypertension in individuals.
Increased intake of potatoes causes hypertension. This is so whether they are boiled, baked or mashed. Also french fries cause the same skyrocketing blood pressure phenomenon. Adult men and women face the most risk as far as this trend in medical science is concerned.
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The study was published in The BMJ. By replacing these potatoes by a non-starchy vegetable, one can lower one’s chances of contracting high blood pressure by a considerable amount.
However, there is a catch to it all. The way one eats a whole range of foods tends to have a greater effect on one’s health than any one particular food. Potatoes are commonly eaten throughout the world.
They have been acknowledged to be a superfood in the USA too for their high potassium levels. However, what has not been studied up until now is their effect on hypertension.
So the experts set out to test this hypothesis. The study included: boiled, baked, mashed potatoes and french fries as well as potato crisps. Over 187,000 men and women were tracked in the study. They were followed for a span of two decades.
The dietary consumption patterns of the men and women were noted down via a questionnaire. Any signs of hypertension were also noted down. The researchers found out that four or more servings per week of potatoes in any form seemed to increase chances of high blood pressure in the participants.
Less than a single serving a month did not seem to have any effect. French fries especially tended to increase susceptibility to high blood pressure.
Meanwhile, potato crisps did not cause an increased risk of hypertension in individuals. Replacing the starchy potatoes with a non-starchy vegetable such as cabbage, bell pepper or fenugreek tended to reduce the chances of contracting high blood pressure.
Since potatoes have a higher glycemic index level, they can cause a rise in blood sugar. This could explain part of the phenomenon. While the study is incomplete, further research will corroborate it or supplement it. The cause and effect of the whole thing remains hung in the balance.
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While potatoes are vegetables and vegetables are good on the whole for health there are always exceptions. Further studies will discover even more complexities regarding these food wars that are going on side by side with the info wars.