Weight gain and potatoes work well together, maybe even better than butter and potatoes -- or oil and potatoes in the case of French fries. Such seems to be the suggestion of new research concluding that a daily extra serving of spuds, no matter the form, adds up to 1.3 pounds over the course of four years. An additional serving of nuts, fruit or vegetables, on the other hand, will add up to weight loss.
The researchers, who published their results in Thursday’s New England Journal of Medicine, broke that down further into the effect – over four years – of boiled, baked or mashed potatoes (0.6 pounds), potato chips (1.7 pounds) and French fries (a whopping 3.6 pounds).
The study’s lead author notes that potatoes are calorie dense, very calorie dense. And the study’s co-author points out that we don’t normally eat potatoes fresh from the ground, that we insist on cooking them, which helps our body transform their starchy goodness into glucose.
In any case, let’s take a look at potatoes...
-A medium size of McDonald’s French fries (because who gets a small order?) has 380 calories, 19 grams of fat and 48 grams of carbohydrates.