You probably got used to scientists finding out what’s good to eat and what isn’t and now it turns out that potatoes could increase the risk of gestational diabetes.
- Large quantities of potatoes could give you gestational diabetes
- Try to mix potatoes with other vegetables for a balanced diet
- Eat your potatoes boiled or baked, not fried
You know how at some point we hear that coffee is bad for your health and it will make you die at a younger age, then next week it turns out it’s actually good and it makes you live longer. I think the same goes for potatoes and for tomatoes or dairy products, meat and so on.
Nevertheless, let’s see what the study says. The study was conducted over a decade and involved 15,000 women. From these women, 854 of them developed gestational diabetes. After doing some further research, the scientists concluded that the women who developed the condition were the ones who ate more potatoes before getting pregnant.
The reason why potatoes could increase the risk of developing gestational diabetes is that they somehow increase the blood sugar level which puts pressure on the pancreas. On the other hand, potatoes also have several benefits as they contain many vitamins and mineral and they are also very nutritious.
However, the bad side of potatoes is that they are usually fried, which is not good for your health. If you want to eat potatoes, try to boil them or bake them. They are very tasty either way, and a lot healthier.
And since we’re talking about what’s healthy, you need to have a balanced diet, whether you’re trying to get pregnant or not. According to the study, it seems that if instead of five portions of potatoes per week which is the quantity that could determine whether you’re going to have diabetes or not, you try to eat other vegetables as well and also whole grains you can actually reduce the risk by 12%.
Gestational diabetes, as the name suggests, develops during pregnancy. Some of the women who develop this type of diabetes are more prone to also develop type 2 diabetes, especially if they have a family history of diabetes.
All in all, if you are trying to get pregnant, make sure you don’t over indulge in potatoes and leave room for other vegetables as well, because a balanced diet will increase your chances of being healthy.
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