French Fries Lead To Earlier Death, Research Shows

For this particular study, the scientists were monitoring 4,400 people from the ages of 45 to 79 and tracked their nutritional habits for eight years.

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According to the recently published study, fried potatoes could potentially be connected to early deaths. The research was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition and it states that fried potatoes carry a much larger risk than those potatoes that were boiled or steamed.

It seems that there have been very few if any studies on the effects of fried potatoes on the mortality. For this particular study, the scientists were monitoring 4,400 people from the ages of 45 to 79 and tracked their nutritional habits for eight years. The test subjects were predominantly North Americans. Those subjects who consumed fried potatoes two to three times a week had twice of a chance for early death, compared to those who ate less, according to lead researcher Dr. Nicola Veronese.

The subjects were taken from a group of participants who are called the Osteoarthritis Initiative cohort study and were each given a Block Brief 2000 food-frequency questionnaire. Participants had to indicate a frequency in which they consume a certain food item or group.

The frequencies were following: less than or equal to 1 time per month, 2–3 times per month, 1 time per week, 2 times per week and more than or equal to 3 times per week.

When the collected data was analyzed it was taken into account with all the other factors that could potentially be an early death influencer.

The research results found that during the eight years of the study progress, 236 participants died. The total number of participants was divided into the ‘lowest consumers’ and ‘highest consumers’ of fried potato products. The subsequent data analysis showed how that the risk of an early death was the highest among those who consumed fried potato more than two times a week.

Obviously, there could be a lot of reasons for this, specifically the cooking oil that is high in trans fats, but there are also many other factors that can be the cause of early death. These factors can be individual or they could be in combination with some other high-risk category. What is clear, is that there needs to be more research dealing with this subject so that the cause and effect connections can be established.

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