5 Major Side Effects of Eating Too Many Potatoes

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5 Side Effects of Eating Too Many Potatoes

Potatoes are consumed widely all over the world and are available in different shapes and forms- mashed, boiled & baked. We savor each variety, be it aalo chaat, French fries, chips or fried potatoes. But do you know eating too much of potatoes can lead to serious recuperations? Although potatoes, which are a rich source of potassium and other essential vitamins, defines many good reasons for its consumption, but also, their bad effects cannot be out numbered.

  1. Potatoes increase your blood sugar level, particulary peeled potatoes that have a high glycemic index. It may cause diabetic complication to a diabetic patient and can even be the reason of causing type 2 diabetes. Therefore, person suffering from high level of blood sugar is advised not to intake potatoes in any form.
  2. Due to high-on-starch nature of potatoes, they can make you gain weight. It increases your appetite and you may feel hunger pangs in between your meals, after having potatoes.  Fried potatoes and chips are rich in calories and many studies have been done showing results how munching on chips and fries leads to obesity. Having 100 gms of potatoes gives you 77 calories to work upon. Potatoes also stimulate gas and bloating during digestion process. The vegetable has too many dietary fibres that are bad for our digestive system, and give rise to digestive problems like abdominal cramping, diarrhoea, malabsorption, constipation, diarrhoea, intestinal gas, intestinal blockage etc.
  3. Potatoes are rich source of antioxidants. Though antioxidants are good for our body but every mineral is beneficial in moderation. Having too much antioxidants in your body is actually harmful for your health. Antioxidants protect our immune system and helps fighting cancerous agents from outside body. But having too much amount of it actually propagates growth of cancer in the body.
  4. Potatoes is not a suited food item for a pregnant woman and it should be consumed only on recommendation from your doctor.
  5. Eating too much of potatoes can cause hypotension. Hypotension is a condition in which our blood pressure drops down to an abnormally low level, and is characterized by the symptoms like fatigue, lightheadedness, dizziness, nausea, clammy skin, depression, blurry vision etc. also along the line, a report suggest that eating potatoes 4 times a week could cause high blood pressure.

With so much to be cautious about eating potatoes, we suggest you to eat the famous vegetable in reasonable quantity and adopt a healthy living and eating habits!

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