Why you should probably stop eating French fries
If a serving of hot, crispy fries is your idea of the ultimate “cheat day” snack, you may be putting your health a risk.
A study tracking the eating habits of 4,400 North Americans found that people who ate fried potatoes – like French fries or hash browns – more than twice a week more than doubled their risk of death.
Participants in the study, who were between the ages of 45 and 70, were tracked over an eight-year period and were told to fill out a food-frequency questionnaire.
While the study, published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, doesn’t prove that eating fried potatoes kills people, it did find that the 236 people who died by the end of the study ate fried potatoes regularly.
The participants were asked to rate the frequency at which they ate fried and unfried poatoes, regardless of whether they were from a restaurant or were homemade.
The researchers did not notice a link between the consumption of unfried potatoes and the risk of death.
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.