It probably does not come as a surprise to hear that a fried food is not very good for you. Unfortunately, fried food is convenient and tasty and with our busy schedules most Americans often prefer to hit the drive-thru on the way home than take the time to make fresh meals every. But if you have been looking for something to motivate you to skip that fast food stop on your route home, you might want to read a new study published in the British Medical Journal.
This study argues that fried food is directly associated with higher risk of death. More specifically, the study looked at the effects of eating fried food every day on the overall health of post-menopausal women in the United States. The study looked at 107,000 American women between the ages of 50 to 80, for 18 years starting in 1993. The subjects completed a simple questionnaire on their eating habits when they first enrolled; and over the course of the study 31,588 of these women died.
Fortunately, the study had some quite definitive results; but what is unfortunate is that the study certainly found consuming fried food is linked with increased risk of death. More specifically, eating things like fried chicken and French fries result in many different health condition ranging from cancer to type 2 diabetes to heart disease. Looking closer at the data, the research team found that eating fried chicken [every day] could lead to a 12 percent increased risk for heart-related death; eating fried fish every day led to a 13 percent increased risk.
Obviously, this is not the first study of the effects of fried food on health but we are only starting to understand the prevailing long term effects of this kind of diet. Lead study author Wei Bao notes, “We know fried food consumption is something very common in the United States and also around the world. Unfortunately, we know very little about the long-term health effect of fried food consumption.”
Bao goes on to say that while we are getting a better idea about the risk of eating fried foods in terms of lifespan, this risk is actually lower and with a low frequency. He indicates that portion control and limiting fried food intake are simple ways to reduce your risk for death from heart-related death.