Is Potato Good for High Blood Pressure? (Expert Answer)

Short Answer: Potatoes are good for high blood pressure because they contain potassium and they can lower systolic blood pressure. However, French fries or chips are bad for high blood pressure because they are higher in sodium and fat.

Potatoes are a type of starchy vegetable that can provide potassium, a mineral that is linked to blood pressure lowering.

Potatoes are also high in carbohydrates, which can affect your blood glucose concentration and potentially influence the development of raised blood pressure.

To effectively manage high blood pressure, you should consume potatoes rich foods like baked or boiled potatoes and avoid French fries or chips, which are higher in sodium and fat.

One medium potato meets approximately 10 percent of an adult’s daily potassium needs.

Baked or boiled potatoes can reduce systolic blood pressure, which is the top number in a blood pressure reading, compared to a typical American diet.

They can also reduce sodium retention, which is another factor that contributes to high blood pressure.

You can eat two to three servings of potatoes per day safely.

More than that can cause excess calories and carbohydrates, which can lead to weight gain and other health problems.

That’s why I suggest you limit your French fries or chips intake to less than one serving a month.

Stick to baked or boiled potatoes to minimize sodium and fat intake and improve your blood pressure and overall health.

Also, you shouldn’t avoid potatoes altogether if you have high blood pressure, but you should balance them with other healthy foods, such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains, lean protein, and healthy fats.

Because these foods can provide more nutrients and fiber, which can help regulate your blood pressure and prevent other complications.

I always recommend my high blood pressure patients to follow a heart-healthy diet to improve their overall well-being, and enjoy a longer and healthier life.

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About the Author

Abdur Rahman Choudhury

Abdur Rahman Choudhury is a nutritionist in West Bengal, India, with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Biochemistry.

He has done his diploma in nutrition from Fabulous Body Inc (US), and completed various certification courses from several universities. He also has considerable research experience in PCOS.

Abdur currently lives in India and keeps fit by weight training and eating mainly home-cooked meals.

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