Research links potatoes to diabetes in pregnancy
Women who eat a lot of potatoes may have higher risk of diabetes later on in pregnancy
Potatoes linked to diabetes in pregnancy
- Research confirms link between the two
The news is often full of warning foods to avoid during pregnancy and superfoods for pregnancy, but this latest US study may surprise you.
The British Health Journal has published a US study that states that women who regularly eat two to four portions of potatoes with their meal have a 27% higher rate of suffering with Type 2 Diabetes during pregnancy.
The advice to lower the risk is to replace potatoes in your meal with whole grain foods or peas, lentils and beans.
The research looked at the eating habits of 15,000 women who later became pregnant in the following 10 years. The women’s intake of a variety of potatoes including boiled, mashed, baked was monitored to see the later effects.
The results showed that women who regularly ate even one portion before pregnancy had a 20% increased risk of Type 2 Diabetes compared to women who ate less than one portion a week. Those who regularly ate more than five servings a week had a 50% increased risk of suffering with Type 2 Diabetes.
Those who substituted potatoes for other vegetables and whole grain alternatives had a 9% to 12% lower risk.
The authors of the research were clear that however, that potatoes specifically are not a direct known cause of diabetes.
Emily Burns at Diabetes UK is reported to have said: “This study does not prove that eating potatoes before pregnancy will increase a woman’s risk of developing gestational diabetes, but it does highlight a potential association between the two.”