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For as long as we can remember, potatoes have got a bad rap for being unhealthy and causing weight gain. But are they really the culprits? Dr Siddhant Bhargava has shared a video on his Instagram profile that busts this myth. Here’s what he says, “Trust me, potatoes are not the reason for your weight gain. Now, you know not to blame the bechara potato and ensure you eat everything in balance.”
There is no single ingredient that can help a person lose or gain weight, says the expert. Coming to potatoes, it is all about how you eat them — that is exactly what makes a difference.
“If you eat it in the form of a vegetable once a day, it is fine. But if you eat it as french fries with a fatty burger and milkshake, and you say that the potato fries made you fat, you are highly mistaken. Yes, potatoes are carbs and have a high glycemic index, but if eaten in moderation, everything can be included in your diet,” adds Dr Bhargava.
To begin with, potatoes are packed with fibre, and can help you stay satiated for longer, plus they are also believed to keep your digestive health in good shape. Let’s find out:
We are talking about sweet potatoes! They are low in calories and high in dietary fibre and water content. Since fibre takes time to get digested, eating them can keep you satiated and keep you at bay from unnecessary hunger pangs. Plus, a study published in the Journal of Medicinal Food found that sweet potatoes have the ability to shrink fat cells. Sounds amazing, right?
Moreover, another study published in the Food Research International reveals that sweet potatoes are rich in antioxidants such as carotenoids, anthocyanins, and phenolic acids that are all helpful in reducing inflammation.