Potato Chips Cause More Weight Gain Than Chocolate

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We all know that high-fat foods make you gain weight faster. But new research suggests that some foods impact our waistlines more than others.

It was discovered that potato-based foods disproportionately affect the amount of weight we gain over time, when compared to other foods like ice cream and candy.

The dietary habits of 120,000 people aged 33-60 were analyzed by Harvard medical experts over a twenty period. Participants were weighed every four years and completed questionnaires detailing their diets. All participants were a normal weight when the study began. They gained an average of 17 pounds over the years. More weight was gained by those sharing certain dietary habits.

Potato chips were revealed to be the biggest offender, a 1oz. serving of potato chips eaten daily led to a 1.69lb weight gain over four years. Those that ate sweets regularly only gained .41lb over the same four years.

Dariush Mozaffarian, associate professor of medicine at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital, who led the research says, “It’s not ‘everything in moderation’”.

He pointed out that refined carbohydrates are problematic since they cause increases in insulin and glucose levels. "In some short-term controlled studies, these bursts in glucose and insulin increase later hunger (and) the total amount of food consumed at the next meal," he explains. "Overall, carbohydrate quality appears to be a key yardstick in the diet for relations with heart disease, diabetes, and now weight gain."

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