Eating potatoes lowers blood pressure, and reduce weight.
To harness these benefits, we have to eat the potato boiled and without mayonnaise or ketchup
Washington (EFE). The poor reputation of the potatoes as fattening foods may be unfounded. A scientific study reveals that moderate consumption of the tuber and lowers blood pressure does not increase weight .
The work, led by Dr. Joe Vinson of the University of Stranton Pennsylvania, was presented today at the Annual Meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS, for its acronym in English) held in Denver, Colorado.
"The potato, more so than any other vegetable , has an undeserved bad reputation that has led many people looking for a power to remove it from your healthy diet, "said Vinson.
Vinson said that "in reality, when prepared without frying and no butter, a potato has only 110 calories and dozens of healthy phytochemicals and vitamins. Our study hopes to help rebuild the popular image of the potato nutrition. "
The research was conducted with tubers prepared in the microwave without mayonnaise or ketchup, sauces preferred by consumers. Eighteen patients with overweight and high blood pressure ate between 6 and 8 potatoes twice a day for a month.
Following this diet , Vinson's team found that the mean diastolic blood pressure was reduced by 4.3% and 3.5% systolic and none of the study subjects had gained weight.
The study explained that due to the high temperatures used in their preparation, the act of frying potatoes destroys most of the healthful substances.Vinson said that according to the results obtained, the healthiest way to preserve the nutrients of the potato is "simply cooked in the microwave."