BEACON TRANSCRIPT – Everybody loves French fries, but a new research might convince you to stop eating so many of them, and choose something healthier instead. The study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, discovered that eating plenty of fried potatoes led to more than double the risk of premature death.
Fried potatoes increase the risk of death
Researchers performed a cohort study which monitored Americans aged between 45 and 79 for a period of eight years. They saw that consuming fried potatoes two or three times a week was directly linked to a higher mortality. The potato dishes included, apart from French fries, were hash browns, curly fried, poutine, or waffle fries.
If you love potatoes, there’s no need to despair. Researchers analyzed the risk posed by other potato dishes, and discovered that only those which involved frying were dangerous. Mashed, barbecued, or baked potatoes are safe.
Potatoes are healthy if cooked accordingly
The study had 4,400 participants, and 236 of them died until the end of the eight-year period. However, mortality was high only among consumers of fried potatoes, and not of potatoes in general. In fact, cooking the vegetables in other ways is healthy.
White potatoes contain nutrients, vitamins, and fibers. These might be enough to overcome the effect of their high glycemic content, but only if they are cooked in certain ways. Fried potatoes have extra salt and fat, which are not so good for health if they are consumed in higher quantities.
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. Until then, if you eat French fries only twice a week or even fewer, you should be safe.
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