A recent study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has found that people who enjoy fried potatoes on a regular basis are twice as likely to die than those who rarely eat them.
Over a period of eight years, researchers studied the potato consumption and health of 4,440 people aged between 45 and 79. They found that people who ate any type of fried potatoes (including crisps, chips, potato wedges and hash browns) two to three times per week were twice as likely to die as those who did not eat any, however eating potatoes overall did not increase the risk of death. By the end of the study, 236 of the participants had passed away.
The researchers concluded that the age and gender of the participants did not affect the results of the study, however did stress that other factors such as obesity and lack of exercise may have also contributed to the deaths.
Most people are aware that eating fried foods on a regular basis can lead to weight gain, however this research indicates that eating these types of foods can also increase the risk of mortality.
According to the Government’s National Food and Living Costs and Food Survey, in 2014 people in the UK ate three times as many chips (including frozen chips bought from the supermarket) than in 1974. The same survey also showed that the consumption of takeaway food has almost doubled since 1974.