Potato diet for LOWER BLOOD PRESSURE... and NO WEIGHT GAIN!
They have long been maligned as fattening and shunned by those following the Dukan and other low-carb diets. But potatoes could be the latest superfood. For eating a portion twice a day can lower blood pressure, researchers say. What is more, it seems there is no weight gain involved.
However, before you get out the roasting tin or rush to the chip shop, read on.
Microwaved spuds, free of butter, oil or ketchup, are best for health, scientists say. Baked potatoes and boiled spuds, including mash, are also acceptable. In the study, 18 men and women were asked to eat six to eight golf ball-sized potatoes with their lunch and dinner, as part of their normal diet. Most of those taking part were overweight or obese and on pills to lower blood pressure. After a month of the ‘tattie treatment’, their blood pressure readings dropped significantly – suggesting the potatoes were powerful enough to take over when the tablets could not do any more.