Potatoes Can Be Part of Weight-loss Diet

DAVIS, Calif., Oct. 13 (UPI) — Some avoid potatoes when trying to lose weight because of their high glycemic index but U.S. researchers say people can eat potatoes and still lose weight.

Researchers at the University of California, Davis, and the National Center for Food Safety and Technology at the Illinois Institute of Technology studied 86 overweight men and women for a 12-week period to measure the effects of a reduced-calorie modified glycemic index diet with the addition of potatoes.

The study subjects were randomly assigned to three groups and each had a diet that included five to seven servings of potatoes per week.

The finding, presented at the Obesity Society’s 28th annual scientific meeting, indicates all three groups lost weight.

“The results of this study confirm what health professionals and nutrition experts have said for years; when it comes to weight loss, it is not about eliminating a certain food or food groups, rather, it is reducing calories that count,” lead researcher Dr. Britt Burton-Freeman says in a statement. “There is no evidence that potatoes, when prepared in a healthful manner, contribute to weight gain. In fact, we are seeing that they can be part of a weight loss program.”

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