LONDON: A simple potato extract may limit weight gain from a diet that is high in fat and refined carbohydrates, according to a study.
The rate of obesity due to over-eating continues to rise, affecting 1 in every 4 adults.
Obesity increases the risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer. According to this study, potato extracts could be a solution for preventing both obesity and type 2 diabetes, reported British broadcasting channel.
Researchers fed mice an obesity-inducing diet for 10 weeks.
The results soon appeared on the scale: mice that started out weighing on average 25 grams put on about 16 grams.
But mice that consumed the same diet but with a potato extract gained much less weight: only 7 more grams.
The benefits of the extract are due to its high concentration of polyphenols, a beneficial chemical component from the fruits and vegetables we eat.
Extract derived from 30 potatoes. The daily dose of extract comes from 30 potatoes, but one cannot eat 30 potatoes a day.
Making the extract available as a dietary supplement or simply as a cooking ingredient to be added in the kitchen will be a good advise.
Popularly known for its carbohydrate content, the potato is also a source of polyphenols. In the famous French diet, considered to be very healthy, potatoes not red wine is the primary source of polyphenols.
Potatoes have the advantage of being cheap to produce and they’re already part of the basic diet in many countries.