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8-Year Study Finds Heavy French Fry Eaters Have ‘Double’ the Chance of Death

If you’re a french fry lover, then you may want to take heed of a new study showing that those who eat them two to three times a week have double the chance of death. As reported by, the study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, followed 4,440 people aged 45 to 79 over eight years. Before you simply switch to another form of fried potatoes, know that researchers found the death rate was also tied to any potato fried in boiling oil.

This doesn’t mean that potatoes are all bad. Take note that in this study it was fried potatoes that provided the link to early death — an affirmation that charred foods in any form, deep-fried or not, are not good for you, mainly because of the acrylamides created when carbohydrate-rich foods are cooked at high temperatures.

It also underscores the need to recognize that eating the right amount of certain foods may help cut your risk of dying from heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes by almost half. “Good” foods that most people don’t eat enough of include omega-3 fats, raw nuts and seeds, veggies and wild-caught Alaskan salmon. “Bad” foods to eliminate include farmed seafood, sugary drinks and soda, artificial sweeteners, processed meats like bacon and hot dogs, and meats from concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs).

Also important is the proper balance of fats and proteins in your diet. Excess protein requires your body to rid itself of excess nitrogen waste from your blood, stressing your kidneys, and may lead to dehydration. As a general rule, you'll want to reduce your net carbs to 20 to 50 grams a day or less, and restrict protein to 1 gram per kilogram of lean body mass.
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