New Study Links Popular Food to Increased Health Risks and Death

June 09, 2017Jun 09, 2017

A recent study published by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition discovered a link between fried potatoes and increased health risks, including death. TIME Health reported on the findings of the study.

The study followed more than 4,000 men and women between the ages of 45 and 79 for eight years with a fairly equal distribution of genders (women were slightly higher, but not much), looking at consumption of potatoes. At the end of the study, over 230 people died. The results of the study found a correlation between all types of fried potatoes and mortality.

The study clarifies that there were no increased risks with potatoes in general, only fried potatoes. Non-fried potatoes include baked potatoes, mashed potatoes, and recipes containing boiled potatoes. Fried potatoes include hash browns, pan-fried cut potatoes, and french fries.

French fries are typically the most popular. They became an extremely popular food item in the United States over the years, especially following the rise of fast food restaurants such as McDonald's and Wendy’s.

The study states this does not mean that fried potatoes actually cause an increased risk of death; it is just simply a relation between the two factors, “The frequent consumption of fried potatoes appears to be associated with an increased mortality risk. Additional studies in larger sample sizes should be performed to confirm if overall potato consumption is associated with higher mortality risk.”

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According to nutrition experts, if you’re a potato-lover, cut down on servings of fried potatoes and choose non-fried veggies more often. Thanks for reading!