French fries can kill you

A latest research, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, has revealed that regular consumption of fried potatoes could be linked to a higher risk of premature death. An eight-year study on french fry consumption has come out with this devastating result.

Researchers from Brescia University Medical School and CEINGE Biotecnologie Avanzate came to this conclusion after analyzing the data of more than 4,400 adults from the United States.

Although, the study doesn't provide concrete evidence that people who consumed French fries on a regular basis died early, but, it said that participants who ate fried potatoes had more chances of it than those who did not consume the food as frequently.

The researchers monitored the food habits of 4,440 participants aged between 45 and 79 years over a period of eight years through a food frequency questionnaire. The authorities used these data to determine participants' overall weekly potato consumption, as well as their weekly intake of fried and non-fried potatoes. Over the span of eight years, a total of 236 participants died.

The researchers found that overall potato intake was not associated with mortality risk. They didn't find a link between people who ate potatoes in other forms like baked and boiled and death.

But they found that compared with adults who did not consume fried potatoes, such as french fries, potato chips, or hash browns, those who ate around two to three portions of fried potatoes each week were found to have double the risk of premature death, and eating more than three portions further increased this risk.

"The frequent consumption of fried potatoes appears to be associated with an increased mortality risk," the researchers said. However, they pointed that some more time is needed to confirm the findings.