Scientists Tell Whether Boiled and Baked Potatoes are Good for Health

Raw potatoes varied of different shapes and colors on rustic wood after harvest

A satisfyingly interesting study – whether constant/regular consumption of potatoes (boiled or baked) will help the human body or not. Eating boiled or baked potatoes lowers blood pressure and helps prevent hypertension.

Potatoes are the main source of potassium in the diet of Westerners. Researchers from Pardue University have studied the effects of potassium supplements on blood pressure and other cardiovascular risk factors.

The clinical trials involved 30 men and women with diagnosed hypertension or prehypertension. The results showed that eating baked or boiled potatoes led to a decrease in systolic blood pressure compared to the control group, which ate a typical American diet, but without potatoes.

The authors also found that contrary to popular belief that the most high-calorie version of potatoes, French fries, is harmful to the cardiovascular system, a daily serving of this product containing 330 calories does not have a negative impact on blood vessels.

The beneficial effect of potatoes is based on the fact that they reduce sodium retention in the body, and in this regard, as scientists have found, they work even better than potassium supplements.

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Written by Emma Miller

I am a registered dietitian nutritionist and own a private nutrition practice, where I provide one-on-one nutritional counseling to patients. I specialize in chronic disease prevention/ management, vegan/ vegetarian nutrition, pre-natal/ postpartum nutrition, wellness coaching, medical nutrition therapy, and weight management.

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