A new study conducted by researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health suggests that rather than being healthy, potatoes may contribute to weight gain even when not eaten in form of fries or chips.
The federally funded study looked into possible sources of food items that may lead to weight gain and found that even when eaten in moderation, potatoes contribute to weight gain.
The latest study comes even as the US government is looking to introduce nutritional guidelines that will cut down the intake of potatoes to just two servings weekly in schools.
The study has attracted criticism from Idaho Governor Butch Otter and Republican Senator Olympia Snowe of Maine, two of the biggest potato growing states. "News flash: Regularly eating ANYTHING in an irresponsible way contributes to weight gain and other health concerns!" Otter said.