Could those french fries you love be killing you? Researchers say yes

Jane Richards
June 14, 2017

An eight-year study reveals that those who regularly eat fried potatoes or French fries twice or more a week can double the chance of death than those who don't. The researchers found that the participants who ate fried potatoes twice a week or more had double the risk of early death than those who did not eat fried potatoes at all.

Potatoes are rich in fibre, magnesium, potassium and antioxidants and have no fat, sodium or cholesterol, but frying them will add calories, sodium and possibly trans fat.

The study looked at the potato consumption of 4,400 people between the ages of 45 and 79 over the course of eight years, and then studied the similarities and differences among the 236 individuals who died during that time period.

A healthier alternative to fried potatoes is to eat home made oven roasted potatoes.

It may be easy to assume that raw potatoes and fried potatoes would share the same mortality risks, but this isn't true.

However, researchers highlight the need of performing more studies to tell if fried potato consumption was the one which led to a higher risk of mortality. It does not suggest that they can, by themselves, cause death. According to PEOPLE, a new report from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that not only are French fries unhealthy (kind of a no-brainer for anything soaked in oil and salt), but they may also be linked to a higher rate of death.

Eating in moderation is the general rule of the thumb. Indepth research using larger, more diversified groups is clearly needed to ascertain whether potatoes (and momos) really do kill. Well, everybody loves to eat the crispy fries, but do you know that eating too much of this fast food can be risky for health? This will ensure a crispy skin and fluffy insides and you can even feel good about eating them.

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