The media has been abuzz about a recent report in the New England Journal of Medicine linking long-term weight gain to certain food items, and weight loss to others. Potatoes! They cried with the fervor previously reserved for a witch trial. It seems potatoes have been highlighted as one of the culprits for long-term weight gain. Other culprits were sodas, butter, refined grains and desserts. The additional weight gain over four years ranged from one pound to 3.35 pounds.
So why were potatoes singled out in this study? It seems those who consumed french-fries and potato chips showed spikes in weight gain, compared to the lowly spud boiled or mashed which only added about 1/2 pound to weight over the same period. Why? Let’s take a closer look: Read More »