A starchy plant tuber which is one of the most important food crops, cooked and eaten as a vegetable, is known as a potato. However, the importance of the potato as a food source and culinary ingredient varies by region and is still changing. Here Michelle Simmons, NaturalNews.com, reflects on fresh potatoes improving blood sugar levels after consumption:
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“People with diabetes often avoid potatoes because they score relatively high on the glycemic index (GI). However, new research suggests that these starchy, tuberous crops may actually be beneficial for diabetics. The study, which was published in the journal Nutrition Research, reveals that phenolic compounds in potatoes may help regulate glycemic response, which generally refers to the changes that occur to blood sugar after consuming of a carbohydrate-containing food.
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For the study, a team of researchers at Purdue University aimed to determine the phenolic profiles of different varieties of fresh potatoes and potato chips. They also looked at the potential of potato phenolic extracts in regulating starch digestion and intestinal glucose transport in model systems. The research team used purple-, red-, and white-fleshed fresh potatoes for the study.
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They conducted both an in vitro study and a pilot clinical study to determine the differences in glycemic response and gastric emptying between chips from colored and white potatoes. Gastric emptying is a test measuring the time food takes to empty from the stomach and enter the small intestine.
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The results of the in vitro trial showed that potato phenolic extracts of purple, red, and white varieties were loaded with anthocyanins and chlorogenic acids. In addition, the results of the clinical study showed that eating purple potato chips resulted in a modest but significantly lower blood sugar at 30 and 60 minutes after consumption compared to white potato chips. However, it did not affect gastric emptying.
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Based on these findings, the research team concludes that phenolic compounds in fresh potatoes and potato chips may be beneficial for glycemic response as they can help reduce blood sugar levels.”
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