Potato Extract May Limit Weight Gain
Researchers have found that potato extract may help in controlling obesity, according to a study conducted on December 9, 2017.
For 10 weeks, an obesity-inducing diet was fed to the mice and the results showed that the mice, which was 25 grams initially, now weighed 41 grams. The same diet along with potato extract showed that the mice only gained a weight of 7 grams. The high concentration of polyphenols in the potato extract is the reason for its benefits and it is present in fruits and vegetables.
The researchers were surprised with the results obtained and they conducted the experiment again. This time the potatoes taken were grown in a different season. In Canada, the rate of obesity is still rising and this is caused due to over-eating. This study reveals that obesity and type 2 diabetes can be prevented using potato extracts. These extracts are obtained from 30 potatoes, however, the consumption of so many potatoes is not recommended as it contains lot of calories. Therefore, the extracts should be converted to dietary supplements or it should be available as an ingredient to be used in cooking. The advantage is that potatoes can be produced cheaply and it is included in the basic diet by many people across the world.
Foods are metabolized in the same ways in humans and mice. However, to confirm the effects of these potato extracts on humans, separate clinical trials have to be conducted. Also, since the metabolism is different for men and women, there is a need to determine the optimal dose of these extracts required for men and women. For the fund required to conduct clinical trials, researchers are looking for partners, mainly from the food industry.
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