If only we could live in a world where french fries were considered a health food… Alas, science is now proving the fried potato is definitely a once-in-a-while indulgence rather than a twice-a-week habit. But it may be even worse than you thought. A new study suggests those who eat french fries or other fried potatoes twice or more a week double their risk of an early death.
CNN reports about the study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition that suggests eating potatoes that are fried 2 or more times a week comes with some serious and even fatal health consequences. But, for those who simply love potatoes - consider cooking them differently since the new study only found these results based on the frying process which adds the dreaded trans fats to the savory dish.
Unfortunately, when they say “fried potatoes” this includes many different varieties of the crunchy salty potato like french fries, potato chips and hash browns. Participants involved in the study were between the ages of 45 and 79. Scientists found that men and women who consumed fried potatoes 2 or more times a week were just as likely to be at risk of an early death, but men were more likely to eat more of these snacks than women.
Lead author of the study, Dr. Nicola Veronese, worries that the popularity and worldwide increase of fried potato consumption may be a problem for those who over-indulge. Dr. Veronese warns that eating too many fried potatoes, “could be an important risk factor for mortality. Thus, their consumption should be strongly limited."
What do you think of the new study that suggests eating fried potatoes like chips, french fries or hash browns two or more times a week can double your risk of early death?
How do you like to eat potatoes?