Scientists has said that high consumption of potatoes (whether fried, boiled, baked, or mashed) is associated with an increased risk of high blood pressure.
The research which was published in the British Medical Journal
suggested that replacing one daily serving of potatoes with other,
non-starchy vegetables could reduce the risk of developing hypertension.
The researchers, from Harvard Medical School in the US, followed over
187,000 men and women from three large US studies for more than 20
years. They measured dietary intake, including frequency of potato
consumption, with a questionnaire. Blood pressure was measured by a
After taking into account other risk factors for hypertension, the
researchers found that four or more servings a week of potatoes was
associated with an increased risk, compared with less than one serving a
month. However, consumption of crisps was not found to increase risk.
The researchers wrote: ‘These findings have potentially imparted
public health ramifications, as they do not support a potential benefit
from the inclusion of potatoes as vegetables in government food programs
but instead support a harmful effect that is consistent with adverse
effects of high carbohydrate intakes seen in controlled feeding
The authors point out that, as potatoes have a high glycaemic index,
they can trigger a sharp rise in blood sugar levels, which could partly
explain their findings.
Monday, 28 November 2016
High Consumption Of Potato Increases Risk Of High Blood Pressure – Study
Chioma Umeha is an investigative journalist and editor with decades of experience in reporting health, science, business, education, politics, women and gender issues in Africa. She is a multiple award winning journalist and has attended several local and international workshops/trainings. Chioma is a member of the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), International AIDS Society (IAS) Nigerian Union of Journalist (NUJ), Journalists' Alliance for PMTCT in Nigeria, Health Writers Association of Nigeria (HEWAN), Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport among others. She is also Chairman, Society for Media Advocacy on Health in Nigeria, a body of health journalists that largely uses advocacy, statistics and analytical research to secure the health and wellbeing of the people through development journalism. Chioma holds a M.A. degree in International Relations and Strategic Studies from Lagos State University, B.Sc. degree in Mass Communication from Enugu State University of Science and Technology. In the religious circle, she is a Sunday School Teacher and a Counsellor. She is happily married to Don Umeha and blessed with three lovely children.
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