Eating fried potatoes twice a week doubles your chance of death

Posted on June 27, 2017

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 eight years, researchers studied the potato consumption and health of 4,440 people aged 45 to 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. But they 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. But this research also indicates that eating these types of foods can 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 than in 1974. This figure includes frozen chips bought from the supermarket. The same survey also showed that the consumption of takeaway food has almost doubled since 1974.