The researchers of National Institutes of Health (NIH) proposed that substituting potatoes with other vegetables, legumes or whole grains may help lower gestational diabetes risk.
    
Gestational diabetes, a common pregnancy complication, causes high blood sugar levels in the mother. The disorder can lead to future health problems for mother and child.

For potatoes, the women were asked if they had consumed baked, boiled, or mashed potatoes, fries or potato chips, with possible responses ranging from 'never' to 'six or more times a day.'
    
The researchers found that women who ate more potatoes had a higher risk of gestational diabetes. They estimated reductions in gestational diabetes risk by substituting the following foods for two servings of potatoes per week.

 

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