Microwaved Potatoes Help Lower High Blood Pressure

Mr. Potato Head on the Loose by Sam Howzit

Remember way back when I pushed potatoes in a potatophobiac world with Welcome Back, Instant Mashed Potatoes? Remember how you all thought I was crazy? Well, well, well! A new research study presented at the American Chemical Society’s annual meeting in Denver, Colorado just proclaimed that a couple spud servings a day helps lower high blood pressure in obese individuals by 4% (just as well as oatmeal), and without the fattening effects declared by the anti-potatans.

The phytochemicals in potatoes act similarly to ACE-inhibitor medications which are used to lower high blood pressure in overweight individuals. The best way to preserve the potato phytochemicals isn’t to French fry or potato chip them, but rather microwave them with their skins on (and then of course skip the sour cream and butter). The study used purple potatoes, but researchers are certain the same effect would be seen with white or red potatoes. Read the whole story here.

Welcome Back, Microwaved Potatoes!

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2 Responses to Microwaved Potatoes Help Lower High Blood Pressure

  1. Katie says:

    Oh, good to know! BTW, just wondering, do you own/use a microwave? Was reading some articles on your friend’s blog (Crazysexydiet) and came across one that said some very disturbing things about what microwaving does to food. If those things are all true then we’re in trouble. Of course, the article seemed pretty biased and no scholarly research was presented, but just wanted to know what your thoughts are on the subject:)
    Hope your littles are liking their new schools!
    Katie

    • Jen Reilly says:

      Hey Katie! I, too, wonder about microwaves, but I’ve decided given our nutzoid lives microwaving actually helps us eater more healthfully, economically, and obviously more quickly. I just keep my distance when it’s on. And interestingly enough, more nutrients are often preserved (case & point w/ the potato) b/c of the shorter cooking time in microwaves compared to boiling/roasting/frying. Here’s a good non-biased rundown: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/microwave-safety/

      The kids are loving school, and I imagine Lily is superstar kindergartner! Hope to catch up with you guys soon! xoxo Jen

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