Researchers at the University of Washington have found that plain old white potatoes are the largest and most affordable source of potassium of any vegetable or fruit.
And that’s great news.
Because increased levels ofÂ potassium have been shown to lower your risk of cardiovascular disease and reduce hypertension.
Unfortunately, the researchers neglected to mention that:
- It is the ratio of potassium : sodium that helps reduce hypertension and the incidence of CV disease, and
- The vast majority of potatoes consumed in the U.S. are deep fried and covered in salt.
So while plain (baked, boiled, roasted, mashed) potatoes are a brilliant food choice for increasing potassium and lowering high blood pressure, fries and chips are not.