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Eating This Popular Veggie Can Really Help if You’re Trying to Lose Weight – New Study

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Trouble Losing Weight? Scientists agree that vegetables are an excellent source of many necessary elements and adding this common vegetable to your diet can help you lose weight.

Past research has shown a relationship between potatoes and an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, leading to recommendations that those with insulin resistance avoid them. However, these new data cast doubt on that conclusion.

American researchers have discovered that after a certain quantity of food, regardless of its calorie value, individuals feel full.

Filling up on potatoes before eating other, higher-calorie foods may aid with weight loss.

Pennington Biomedical Research Centre co-investigator Professor Candida Rebello from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, remarked, “People tend to eat the same weight of food regardless of calorie content in order to feel full.

Pennington Biomedical Research Centre co-investigator Professor Candida Rebello from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, remarked, “People tend to eat the same weight of food regardless of calorie content in order to feel full. “By eating foods with a heavier weight that are low in calories, you can easily reduce the number of calories you consume.

The most important part of our research is that they did not cut the portion size of meals, but rather reduced their calorie load by introducing potatoes.

Each participant’s meal was based on how many calories they needed, but when some of the meat was replaced with potatoes, they felt fuller faster and often did not even finish their meal.

Researchers selected 36 patients for the study who were overweight, obese, or had insulin resistance – a condition in which the body’s cells do not react properly to insulin and sugar does not enter cells to create energy.

The participants, aged 18 to 60, were given meals that comprised either beans, peas, and meat or fish, or white potatoes and meat or fish.

Both diets were heavy in fruits and vegetables and replaced 40% of meat with beans and peas or potatoes.

Potatoes were used in the main dishes for lunch and dinner, like shepherd’s pie and creamy shrimp and potatoes. They were also served as sides, like mashed potatoes, oven-roasted potato wedges, potato salad, and scalloped potatoes.

The team found that both the potato-based diet and the bean and pea-based diet were equally healthy.

“We demonstrated,” added the professor, “that contrary to common belief, potatoes do not negatively impact blood glucose levels.”

The results of the study were reported in the Journal of Medicinal Food.

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