Everyone knows that starchy carbs cause weight gain, right? Maybe not in the case of potatoes, suggests a new paper by researchers at McGill University. The team fed two groups of mice a fattening diet. One group was also fed a potato extract. The second group gained much less weight than the other mice, which led to the conclusion that potatoes’ high concentration of polyphenols could be the key to keeping pounds off.
Stan Kubow, the study’s lead author, noted that in France, potatoes are the primary source of polyphenols while in North America potatoes are a tertiary source. And we all know that French women don’t get fat. Maybe this is why.
While the researchers don’t suggest loading up on the potatoes for every meal—they believe that a potato extract is the future—eating these healthy potato recipes (in moderation) probably won't hurt.