This Just In: Potatoes Are Bad for Pregnancy Health
As I am writing this, I am eating a potato — a sweet potato in the form of fries, actually. And it is absolutely delicious.
But then again, I'm not pregnant, so it isn't necessarily a bad thing. But if you do happen to be pregnant, you may want to skip the starchy root. Why? Well, according to a new study that just came out, potatoes + pregnancy = not good.
Basically, the study found that the more potatoes that women had in her diet, the higher her risk of gestational diabetes. The researchers in the study monitored women for a 10-year period of time, and even after taking out every other health factor, they still found that potatoes equalled bad news bears.
The results of the study boiled down to this statement: “Higher levels of potato consumption before pregnancy are associated with greater risk of gestational diabetes, and substitution of potatoes with other vegetables, legumes, or whole grain foods might lower the risk.”
They also found that women who eat a lot of potatoes had higher BMIs, performed less physical activity, consumed greater total energy, and had a lower quality of overall diet.
When I looked at the actual study, however, I didn't find anything saying they studied the difference between the types of potatoes that the women ate. I feel like it's pretty common knowledge, for instance, that the white ones aren't always as nutritionally the same as the sweet ones. Or maybe that's just wishful thinking because I like sweet potatoes?
From the study, it looked like the researchers pretty much studied white potatoes more and lumped all potato products, including mashed potatoes, french fries, and even potato chips into the same category. So eating a box of french fries counted the same as eating a baked potato.
I don't know about you, but that seems a little silly to me. Shouldn't it be like, common sense, that eating french fries is not the same as eating a potato and that, in general, eating anything fried is not a healthy move?
But the moral of the story is pretty much the same old advice for pregnant women as it is for the rest of the general population with a little added dose of pressure because, you know, growing a human being and all that: eat more green vegetables and lay off the french fries because potatoes every day, especially in the form of chips or fried anything, are never a good idea.
If you're pregnant, will you be avoiding potatoes because of this study now?