So it seems that the humble French fry is another ‘delicacy’ you can scratch from your list, if you’ve any intention of living longer. That’s right, a new study has drawn direct links between the consumption of fried potatoes and the likelihood of suffering an earlier death. In fact, those who eat fried potatoes twice a week or more could be up to TWICE as likely to die early as those who abstain.
The study was carried out by a team of researchers from the National Research Council in Padova, Italy at the National Research Council in Padova, Italy – the results of which have bene published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found.
Along with noting the clear correlation between consumption and death-risk, the researchers also noted a significant spike in fry-guzzling on a global basis.
“Fried potatoes consumption is increasing worldwide,” warned Dr. Nicola Veronese, lead author of the study.
On the plus side, it wasn’t the actual potato itself that found itself in the firing lone of this “observational” study. Instead, the research team was more interested in the way in which chosen cooking methods can affect the potential health risks associated with the resulting dish.
“Even if it is an observational study, we believe that the cooking oil, rich in trans-fat, is an important factor in explaining mortality in those eating more potatoes,” said Veronese.
Given the fact that the health risks associated with trans fats has been common knowledge for some time, the results of this particular study aren’t what you’d call a huge surprise.