Consuming potatoes during pregnancy might be linked to diabetes

Consuming potatoes during pregnancy might be linked to diabetes

According to a new study, women who eat potatoes during pregnancy are at an increased risk of suffering diabetes.

Researchers said that women who eat two to four servings of potato a week are about 27 per cent more likely to suffer diabetes in pregnancy even when their weight is taken into account. The team of researchers analysed total potato consumption, including baked, boiled, mashed and fried. They said that one serving includes one baked or boiled potato, 237ml of mashed potatoes or 113g of fries.

They found that even one serving a week increased the risk by 20 per cent compared to women eating less than one serving a week, as body mass index was taken into account. They also warned that women eating more than five servingshad a 50 per cent increased risk of suffering from the disease. The researchers also found when two servings a week were replaced by other vegetables, pulses such as beans, lentils and peas and whole grain foods, the risk was lower by 9 to 12 per cent.

Researchers said, "Though potatoes are rich in vitamin C, potassium, dietary fibre and some phytochemicals, unlike other vegetables they can have detrimental effects on glucose metabolism because they contain large amounts of rapidly absorbable starch."

The study went on for around 10 years and studied more than 21,000 pregnancies. The results were published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ).

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