It’s a sad day for us all. There’s no meal that isn’t exponentially improved with the addition of the perfect french fry.
Those crunchy, golden favorites have been teamed with everything from a classic southern fried chicken burger to plain ol’ bread. Heck, fries and a soft serve cone are basically a national American snack.
And while it comes as no surprise that fried food is far from healthy, a new scientific study has published some alarming statistics on the impact of chowing down on fries. The study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found a link between frequent consumption of fried potatoes and a high mortality rate. In fact, according to Medical News Today eating french fries can double your chance of an early death.
Is it time to put an end to our all-around favorite parmesan-herb waffle fries?
The research was conducted on some 4,400 men and women between the ages of 45 and 79. Over the course of eight years, 236 participants died. Initial investigations saw no correlation between potatoes and a high risk of death. However, further analysis found that those who consumed fried potatoes, including hash browns and tater tots, two or more times a week were at an increased risk of mortality.
However, it must be noted that lifestyle factors, such as the participants' broader dietary plan and exercise, were not considered in this study. Researchers have concluded that further studies should be undertaken.
Luckily, not all potatoes have come under fire. Unfried potatoes are in the all-clear, meaning that epic cheesy mashed potatoes recipe is a-okay (probably).
This post was written by Stephanie Marinkovic. For more, check out our sister site Food to Love.