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Q: does potatoes increase cholesterol?

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11/10/08 1:25pm

Hi unknown,

 

Since potatoes are a simple carbohydrate and affect blood sugar they can impact triglycerides, which in turn could raise total cholesterol.  Potatoes are a perfectly good vegetable, but a lot people go overboard, so watch the amount and be sure to eat them in a meal that contains protein to regulate the blood sugar spike.

 

You can learn more about triglycerides in this post:  Triglycerides: Why they matter and how to lower them

 

All the best,

 

Lisa Nelson, RD, LN

The Heart of Health - Heart Health and Weight Loss Tips

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JBar595, Community Member
4/18/10 3:22pm

Your comment is correct however potatoes are not a veggy, they come from the root family.

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foody, Community Member
10/ 3/10 12:26pm

By definition, vegetables are the edible parts of the leaf, stem and/or roots of the plant.  Since potatoes are part of the stem (tubers), they are are vegetable.  Sorry to disagree jBar, but you can look it up.

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By unknown, Community Member— Last Modified: 08/27/12, First Published: 11/08/08