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Potatoes, French Fries Linked to High Blood Pressure

Americans love potatoes.

In fact, the average American eats 29 pounds of potatoes in a year. Those pounds usually come from baked, boiled, mashed potatoes or french fries, which, according to a new study, may be linked to high blood pressure.

Potatoes, French Fries Linked to High Blood Pressure in Latest Study

Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health carried out an observational study showing potatoes and french fries could increase high blood pressure.

The researchers went through medical records from more than 60,000 women from the Nurses’ Health Study, nearly 90,000 women in the second part of the Nurses’ Health Study, and almost 37,000 men from the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study in order to look for answers.

These studies were tracked more than 20 years, so it gave the researchers a vast amount of information to gather.

The Results

The researchers found that participants who ate four or more servings of baked mashed or boiled potatoes a week had an 11% higher risk of developing high blood pressure.
Participants who ate four or more servings of french fries increased their risk of high blood pressure by 17%.

These people were compared to others who ate one serving or less of potatoes per month, which is much less than the average American consumes.

What Does this Mean when it comes to Consuming Potatoes and Your Blood Pressure?

With potatoes and french fries being linked to high blood pressure, these starchy foods may be on a watchlist for those trying to prevent hypertension. Most people add salt to their potatoes, which does not help in the risk factor.

This study, however, is one of the first to research this correlation and further studies will need to be done in order to form a more conclusive result.

Researchers found replacing one serving of baked, mashed, or boiled potatoes with a non-starchy vegetable seemed to decrease the risk of high blood pressure.

Sticking with green vegetables is a safe way to go since they are filled with fiber, antioxidants, and vitamins that help your body stay strong and healthy while maintaining and supporting a healthy blood pressure.

If you have high blood pressure, lowering your intake of potatoes, either baked, boiled, mashed or french fries could help you decrease your hypertension.

Resources

http://boston.cbslocal.com/2016/05/23/potatoes-hypertension-high-blood-pressure-french-fries-study/

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/863520