French Fries and Potato Chips: Deadly Diet Choices?
A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests people who eat fried potatoes more than twice per week have more than double the risk of early death compared to those who avoid fried potatoes. While potatoes often have a bad rep, researchers did not find a similar risk from eating potatoes cooked using other methods.
The research, which was part of a larger osteoarthritis study, looked at potato consumption in 4,400 people between the ages of 45 and 79 over a period of eight years. Study participants were divided into two groups, based on how often they ate potatoes. Types of potatoes considered “fried” included French fries, hash browns, potato chips, and others cooked in a fryer.
Generally, potatoes are a healthy vegetable. According to the National Potato Council, they contain no fat, sodium, or cholesterol, and are high in vitamin C and potassium.