n South African Medical Journal - Where are we now? : from the editor
|Article Title||Where are we now? : from the editor|
|© Publisher:||Health and Medical Publishing Group (HMPG)|
|Journal||South African Medical Journal|
|Publication Date||Apr 2016|
As the new year started, this caught my eye in my daily trawl of online news: 'Potato-rich diet "may increase pregnancy diabetes risk"'. This BBC news item, based on an article in the British Medical Journal, suggests that women who eat potatoes in any form most days of the week have an increased risk of diabetes during pregnancy. The risk is probably triggered by the massive rise in blood sugar levels that all starchy carbohydrates cause. But the interesting thing about the news item was not so much the potentially increased risk of gestational diabetes caused by eating potatoes daily, but the comment of 'British experts' who said the 'proof was lacking' and that people need to eat lots of starchy foods for fibre, as well as fresh fruit (known to be high in sugars) and vegetables. The UK advice is that people should get about one-third of their daily intake from starchy foods such as potatoes, and there is no limit to how much carbohydrate people should eat.
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