High-starch vegetables such as potatoes interfere with effective weight loss and weight loss. This is the conclusion reached by scientists at Harvard University.
In the long term, overconsumption of this product, as well as food high in carbohydrates, can contribute to obesity, diabetes and heart disease.
The scientists base their conclusions on the results of a 20-year experiment. The volunteers who took part in it were divided into two groups, for each of which a special diet was developed. One group ate starch-rich vegetables, the other mostly greens. It turned out that those who ate mostly potatoes gained weight faster than those who ate less of this product and more other vegetables.
Scientists have recognized that potatoes do contain important nutrients such as vitamin C and B6, as well as potassium. However, this vegetable is not their only source. For example, potatoes can be replaced with broccoli, which has nearly nine times the amount of vitamin C, or white beans, which have about twice as much potassium.
In small quantities, the use of potatoes for food is still allowed. However, doctors recommend boiling it or steaming it.
“You should first peel it off, as it accumulates the most harmful substances from the soil and air. It is recommended to give up deep-fried cooking, as with this method the potatoes contain a lot of fats and toxic substances, ”recommends Elena Gubkina, head of the endocrinology department of Medintsentr, endocrinologist of the highest qualification category.