potato

Popularizing of potato in France

Antoine-Augustin Parmentier is remembered as a vocal promoter of the potato as a food source for humans in France and throughout Europe. His many other contributions to nutrition and health included establishing the first mandatory smallpox vaccination campaign (under Napoleon beginning in 1805, when he was Inspector-General of the Health Service) and pioneering the extraction […]

Potato chips and weight gain

Potato chips and weight gain

In a interesting study of 120,000 healthy, non-overweight women and men taking part in long-term studies of diet regime and health, the members gained an average of 3.3 pounds every four years over a 13-year period. When the experts counted up the foods that contributed most to this weight gain, potatoes topped the list—twice: potato […]