Paleo and Potatoes

Posted: June 23, 2011 in Health News
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Once again, science is proving what our Paleo ancestors – and contemporary researchers know – that the humble potato adds problematic pounds.

Eating more potato chips and French fries is likely to lead to a bigger weight gain over the years than the weight change associated with eating more of other foods, new research indicates.”


This suggests that the path to eating fewer calories is not simply to count calories, but to focus on consuming a more healthy diet in general,” the study’s lead author, Dariush Mozaffarian, associate professor in the department of epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health.”


“Marion Nestle, New York University professor of nutrition and public health, expressed surprise that potato products were linked with more weight gain than desserts like cake, cookies and doughnuts, which contribute the most calories to the American diet, other research shows.”


  1. Kris says:

    This article talks about chips and fries and unhealthy preparations though. I wonder if this still holds true when potatoes are boiled or cooked/eaten without adding harmful fats (though I do remember old Hollywood movie studio contracts containing what was known as a “potato clause” for their actresses not to gain weight!). But in Nepal, for example, many people forage for wild strains of potato for their food – very paleo behavior I would think.

    • Wild Yogini says:

      Potatoes, tomatoes and eggplant are members of the deadly nightshade family:

      Studies have shown that they pose a problem among people prone to arthritis and/or autoimmune diseases; meaning they have serious potential for increased pain and inflammation.

      Over the years I have routinely recommended Yoga students – with arthritis, autoimmune or inflammatory issues – avoid these three for a month, to simply see if they notice any difference. Overwhelmingly, they have. (Which serves to support the research.)

      Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

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