Research: Eating potatoes helps weight loss

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A new US study has shown that eating potatoes can help people lose weight

The study team said potatoes are packed with important nutrients and can be part of a healthy diet, The Telegraph reports.

Potatoes have previously been linked to weight gain and an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, and people with insulin resistance have been told to avoid them. But new findings suggest this may not be true.

In the study of 36 people aged between 18 and 60 who were overweight, obese or insulin resistant, half were told to eat mainly potatoes with meat or fish, while the other half were told to eat a variety of foods.

The American researchers found that the potato helped the participants feel full by eating small amounts, thereby reducing the consumption of other foods containing much higher calories, which in turn aided weight loss.

Professor Candida Rebello, co-investigator of the study from the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, said:

“People tend to eat foods of the same weight regardless of calorie content to feel full. By eating heavier and lower-calorie foods, such as potatoes, you can easily reduce the amount of calories you consume. The most important aspect of our study is that we did not reduce the portion size of the meals, but we reduced the calorie content by including potatoes.”

“In fact, you can lose weight with very little effort,” Rebello said, noting that participants who ate mainly potatoes felt fuller and in many cases did not even finish their meals.

 

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