Potato is an edible stem vegetable that belongs to the perennial nightshade “Solanum tuberosum“. It is one of the most widely consumed vegetables all over the world and comes at fourth place in terms of the largest food crop. Being a good source of many nutrients like vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, dietary fibers etc. they provide a number of health benefits, and as well as beauty benefits. However, it should be remembered that overeating anything is bad for our health, and same goes for potatoes. In this article, we will know about the major side effects of eating too many potatoes, but first, let’s take a look at below mentioned nutrition chart of potatoes.
Nutrition Chart of Potatoes
Side Effects of Eating Too Many Potatoes
(1) May Cause Obesity
If you would like to enjoy a healthy life, then you have to make sure that you are maintaining an ideal weight.
If you are underweight, then you can definitely include potatoes to your diet because they are loaded with carbohydrates and eating 100 grams of potatoes provide around 77 kcals of energy.
However, excessive intake of potatoes is bad and must be avoided.
This is because calories can quickly add up, and may lead to weight gain. If it is not controlled at the right time, then it can even lead to obesity, which is a major health concern that gives rise to other health problems like cardiovascular problems, respiratory problems, hypertension, stress etc.
In other words, it is important to maintain the caloric balance.
(2) Not So Good For Our Digestive System
Regular and moderate consumption of potatoes have been found to be very beneficial for our stomach and helps in keeping our digestive system healthy.
This benefit of potato is mainly because of the presence of dietary fibres in them.
The dietary fibers present in the potatoes act as a natural laxative, improves bowel movement, and ensure smooth elimination of waste from our body, and thus provide relief from constipation and other digestive problems like abdominal pain, bloating, indigestion, flatulence etc.
Although potatoes are good for our digestive system, still, it is better to eat them in moderation.
This is because too many dietary fibres are bad for our digestive health, and give rise to digestive problems like abdominal cramping, diarrhoea, malabsorption, constipation, diarrhoea, intestinal gas, intestinal blockage etc.
In addition to this, potatoes are also rich in starch that may cause gastrointestinal problems like stomach discomfort, abdominal pain, intestinal gas etc. in some individuals.
(3) May Cause Hypotension
Eating potatoes on a regular basis has been found to be very beneficial for providing relief from high blood pressure or hypertension.
This benefit of potato is mainly due to the presence of vital mineral “Potassium” in it.
Potassium is a vasodilator which relaxes our blood vessels, improves blood circulation and thus helps in maintaining our blood pressure level.
Although, potatoes are effective in controlling hypertension, still, it is better to eat them in moderation.
This is because excessive intake of potassium in our body can lower our blood pressure to a dangerously low level, and give rise to hypotension.
Hypotension is a condition in which our blood pressure drops down to an abnormally low level, and is characterized by the symptoms like fatigue, lightheadedness, dizziness, nausea, clammy skin, depression, blurry vision etc.
In addition to this, if you are already taking medication for controlling high blood pressure, then overeating potatoes can interfere with the medication and may increase the risk of hypotension.
For this reason, it is better to eat potatoes in moderation, and if you are on medication, then eat them as per your doctor’s advice.
Also Read: 13 Amazing Health Benefits of Potatoes
(4) Too Many Antioxidants Are Bad
Phe antioxidants like Vitamin C, Vitamin E and other antioxidantal compounds present in the potatoes provides a number of benefits.
They fight against the free radicals in our body, stabilizes them and prevents them from causing oxidative damage to our body, and thus reduces the risk of several types of cancers, and as well as helps in keeping premature ageing at bay.
In addition to this, they are also effective in protecting our immune system, cardiovascular system and the respiratory system from the ill effects of the free radicals.
Although antioxidants are very beneficial for us, excessive presence in our body is bad for our health.
In excessive quantity, they can increase the risk of several types of cancers like lung cancer etc.
This is because, in excessive quantity, antioxidants not only protect the healthy cells, but also protects the cancerous cells, and even help them in propagating.
(5) Not So Good For Diabetic Patients
Potatoes have been found to be “not so beneficial” for the diabetic individuals or for those who are at the risk of developing diabetes.
This health risk of potatoes is mainly because of the high glycemic index of potatoes. Potatoes have a high glycemic index which means, it releases sugar into the bloodstream at a faster rate and can lead to dramatic elevation of sugar level in the bloodstream.
In addition to this, they are also rich in carbohydrates that break down into glucose and increases the level of sugar into our bloodstream.
Although the dietary fibre present in the potatoes helps in reducing the rate at which sugar gets absorbed into the bloodstream, it is of no use, when potatoes are consumed in excess.
So, if you are a diabetic patient, then it is advisable to eat potatoes in moderation, and better eat them only after having a word with your doctor.
(6) May Interfere With Certain Medication
Potatoes are a good source of a number of nutrients like vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytonutrients etc. that plays a major role in keeping us healthy.
However, when consumed in excess, they can give rise to many side effects, and such negative effect is their tendency to react with certain medication.
For example, if you are suffering from hypertension and already taking medication for the same, then consuming too many potatoes can reduce your blood pressure to a dangerously low level, and give rise to hypotension, ( a condition in which blood pressure drops down to very low level), and is characterized by the symptoms like dizziness, blurry vision, confusion, fatigue, nausea etc.
In the same way, if you are a diabetic patient and taking medication to maintain your blood sugar level, then consuming too many potatoes can interfere with the medication, and may increase your blood sugar level.
(7) Potatoes During Pregnancy
Potatoes are a good source of many nutrients like vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytonutrients etc. that plays a major role in keeping us healthy, and this proves beneficial for the pregnant and nursing mothers.
However, at pregnancy and nursing stage, it is very important to take extra care of what you eat and drink, because it will determine not just mother’s health but also the health of the baby.
For this reason, it is advisable to eat potatoes in moderation, and only as per your doctor’s recommendation.
Green potatoes should be avoided completely, as they have been found to contain toxic compounds like alpha-chaconine and alpha-solanine, that are known to be very dangerous for the fetus development, and may cause birth defects like Spina Bifida.
In children, green potatoes can give rise to type-1 diabetes.
The information contained in the post is for general purpose only and shouldn’t be considered as a medical advice or as an alternative to medical advice. Although I’ve tried my best to keep the information contained in this post as accurate and updated as possible, I make no guarantee of the accurateness of the same.
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