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Good news for your diet: potatoes help you lose weight

The bad news: that doesn’t mean french fries

Research published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition demonstrates that people can eat potatoes and still lose weight.

“Some people have questioned the role of potatoes in a weight loss regimen because of the vegetable’s designation as a high glycemic index (GI) food, lead investigator Dr. Britt Burton-Freeman said in a release. “However, the results of this study confirm what health professionals and nutrition experts have said for years: it is not about eliminating a certain food or food groups, rather, it is reducing calories that count,” said Burton-Freeman.

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Ninety overweight men and women were randomly assigned to one of three groups: (1) reduced calorie/high GI, (2) reduced calorie/low GI, (3) control group with no calorie or GI restrictions. All three groups were provided potatoes, healthful recipes and instructions to consume five to seven servings of potatoes per week.

At the end of the 12-week study period, the researchers found that all three groups had lost weight and there was no significant difference in weight loss between the groups.

The release said one medium-size (5.3-ounce) skin-on potato contains just 110 calories per serving, boasts more potassium (620 g) than a banana, provides almost half the daily value of vitamin C (45 per cent), and contains no fat, sodium or cholesterol.

The study was funded by the United States Potato Board.

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