Health: Eating chips leads to a double risk of early death
While we were already well aware that over-indulging in chips, the unofficial dish of Ireland, can lead to a bit of a gut, new research suggests that a few trips to the chipper a week could also have a massive effect on your mortality.
A new study has revealed that eating two to three portions of fried potatoes every week could double your risk of early death.
The study looked 4440 participants aged 45–79 years old over eight years to determine participants' overall weekly potato consumption, as well as their weekly intake of fried and unfried potatoes.
The report – which was published last week in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition – found that overall potato intake was not associated with mortality risk, but that those who ate around two to three portions of fried potatoes - such as french fries, potato chips, or hash browns - each week were found to have double the risk of premature death, and eating more than three portions further increased this risk.
The study is solely observational so it doesn't definitively prove eating fried potatoes influences the risk of premature death — just that the two are associated.
"Even if it is an observational study, we believe that the cooking oil, rich in trans-fat, is an important factor in explaining mortality in those eating more potatoes," lead author Nicola Veronese of the National Research Council in Padova, Italy, told CNN.
While the results may not be conclusive, researchers added that their study does provide some food for thought.
"The frequent consumption of fried potatoes appears to be associated with an increased mortality risk," the researchers said. However, they noted that some more time is needed to confirm the findings and additional studies in larger sample sizes should be performed to confirm if overall potato consumption is associated with higher mortality risk.