If you are a lover of quick food, especially French fries, science has bad news for you.
This might not entirely be surprising, but according to a new study, they’re even worse for your health than you thought.
Research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, has found that people who eat chips, or any other similar fried potato product, two or more times each week have twice the chance of dying compared to those who don’t eat any.
Researchers tracked 4440 people aged between 45 and 79 over an eight-year period, during which time 236 of them died.
Looking closely at the participants’ potato-eating habits, taken via food habit questionnaires, researchers identified a marked increase in mortality risk among those who regularly consumed fried potato.
However, scientists discovered that eating fried potatoes a couple of times a month seems not to be associated with any greater chance of death.
Consumption of non-fried potatoes was also not found to be associated with any increased mortality risk.
Points to note
Researchers pointed out that the study did not look at other unhealthy activities the participants may have been partaking in.
Regular chip-consumption while an indicator of mortality risk, researchers realized, was not on its own necessarily the reason for the fatalities.
For instance, if a person is an avid consumer of chips and they are also so much into drinking, smoking, and have no time of exercising – they are more prone to diseases.
Source: Live Science