Many people in Germany like to eat potatoes. These tubers grow mostly underground and reproduce vegetatively. But a diet with many potatoes could have negative consequences for our health. Researchers have now found that a diet with many potatoes can help us to develop a higher risk of hypertension.
Do potatoes increase blood pressure and even lead to hypertension? Scientists from Brigham and Womens Hospital have now tried to find out in their study the effects of using potatoes on our blood pressure. The experts published their findings in the journal "British Medical Journal"( BMJ).
Risk of hypertension increased by eleven percent
Potatoes have long been a source of nutrition for many people. The tubers are inexpensive and delicious. But are potatoes also healthy or do they even harm our health? Scientists were now trying to clarify this issue and found that people who consumed potatoes at least four times a week have an 11% higher risk of developing hypertension. In addition, the researchers found that the exchange of a daily portion of potatoes( whether cooked, roasted or mashed potatoes) by a portion of vegetables leads to our risk of hypertension being reduced by about seven percent.
study examined the data of 187,000 subjects
potatoes are a paradox because they contain a high level of calcium, which leads to low blood pressure as a mineral, and on the other hand have a high glycemic index, which leads to a rapid increase in our blood pressure, the authors of the study explained. So far, however, no studies have been conducted on the effects of long-term consumption of potatoes on our health. The researchers had analyzed the data from more than twenty years for their study. During this time over 187,000 men and women were examined. None of the participants had an elevated blood pressure at the beginning of the study, explained the chief author Dr. Lea Borgi from the Brigham and Womens Hospital in Boston. The subjects had to describe in questionnaire about every four years, how often they consumed certain foods. Potatoes were classified into three different categories: french fries, potato chips, and normal potatoes, which were either cooked, baked or pureed, adds Dr. Borgi added.
Study Does not Increase Hypertension Risk Through Potato Chips
Eating more of potatoes, whether boiled, baked, pureed or fries, could be associated with an increased risk of developing hypertension, say the experts. This applied to both women and men. Interestingly, however, the doctors were unable to establish a link between the consumption of potato chips and the risk of hypertension. However, a limitation of the study was that all participants had to record and record their own blood pressure as well as their potato consumption. For example, the subjects were able to forget what they had eaten exactly or did not document their food precisely enough, the experts explained. Basically, however, the results are clear evidence of the link between the consumption of potatoes and the blood pressure.(as)