This blog post really irked me... I got so stressed out about the white potatoes/diabetes connection, because I'm feeding my kids all these white potatoes don't you know (as if I'm not stressed out enough about daring to throw some food in a blender on occasion apparently damaging their endothelium
although I missed out on finding out how that's possible so it will forever remain a questionable mystery) and then I tried to find out more on this potato worry what that was based on but the link only took me to a newsletter I couldn't read, so I had to just be stressed unaware yet again
, so I searched for the source and all I could come up with is this http://www.ajcn.org/content/83/2/284.full
which really frustrated me because I so aced my engineering statistics course some 20 years ago or so, so this all should be easily understandable for me, right? except it isn't... I have some vague recollection that this one point something with p values should have some meaning for me, but it doesn't, it doesn't help that they insist at some point that bmi had no impact and then later say when they factored out the bmi those with lower bmis didn't have the risk factor that those with higher bmis did (which if you look at the tables we are talking over 30 bmi) and even that is minimal, so I really don't get what all the fuss is about (and somehow I missed where they come up with their servings per day value and how it relates to an actual potato because at one point they are talking about .79 servings and another it's 2 potatoes, but the part where they talk about .07servings/day I start to think I have no idea what they are talking about because a point zero seven can't possibly be a real serving measurement, can it? what's that, like I breathed in the steam from boiling a potato or something? Maybe they mean one potato every two weeks I guess? ... I mean they don't make this easy do they?), but anyways (oh, gosh and now I'm just noticing they claim that adjusting for several things, including whole grains
made no difference in risk, so isn't this in conflict with the suggestion that subbing potatoes for a serving of grains increased risk??)... my takeaway ends up being this
"In stratified analyses, the association between potato consumption and diabetes was statistically significant in obese women but not in nonobese women"
oh and this conclusion
"White potatoes and french fries are large components of a 'Western pattern' diet. This dietary pattern is characterized by a high consumption of red meat, refined grains, processed meat, high-fat dairy products, desserts, high-sugar drinks, and eggs, as well as french fries and potatoes. A Western pattern diet previously predicted a risk of type 2 diabetes. Thus, we cannot completely separate the effects of potatoes and french fries from the effects of the overall Western dietary pattern."
but just in case that isn't good enough I'm going with the fact that I like to parboil my potatoes to have on hand and apparently,
"Precooking potatoes and eating them cold days later may significantly reduce the GI"
... the glycemic index being the very tenuous thread upon which this crazy white potato is evil is a hangin'
Ugh! So in summary, diseaseproof had me all worried that despite my eschewing the SAD I was still yet leading my children down a sure path to diabetes when in truth they'd only have to worry about white potatoes if they were very obese and eating the unhealthy western diet and even then it would be the least of their worries... or am I missing something?