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Potatoes and Weight Loss

If I am trying to lose weight, do I need to avoid potatoes?

No. Research demonstrates that people can eat potatoes and still lose weight. FACTS There is no evidence that potatoes, when prepared in a healthful manner, impede weight loss.

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  1. Randolph JM, Edirisinghe I, Msoni AM, Kappadoda T, Burton-Freeman B.Potatoes, Glycemic Index, and Weight Loss in Free-Living Individuals: Practical Implications, J Am Coll Nutr. 2014. 33:5, 375-384, DOI: 1080/07315724.2013.875441
  2. Borch D, Juul-Hindsgaul N, Veller M, Astrup A, Jaskolowski J, Raben A. Potatoes and risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease in apparently healthy adults: a systematic review of clinical intervention and observational studies. Am J Clin Nutr. 2016. 104(2):489-98.
  3. 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. https://health.gov/dietaryguidelines/2015/guidelines/executive-summary/  Accessed May 28, 2018.

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