Heightened risk from always ‘frying tonight’!

The conclusion of a recent study is frequent consumption of fried foods, especially fried chicken and fried fish/shellfish, was associated with a higher risk of all cause and cardiovascular mortality in women in the US. The higher risk of heart-related death was particularly prevalent among younger women in the study (aged 50-65 years old).

No surprise then that the researchers suggest reducing consumption of these fried foods could have a positive public health impact, but with other research suggesting up to a third of North American adults have fast-food every day, often from companies with vast marketing budgets, this health message may struggle to get a through.

Let’s get real – who doesn’t know by now they should be eating more fruit and vegetables? Yet, curiously, with so much focus on what we eat, rather than how it is prepared, evidence about the risk of death linked with eating fried foods has been limited and subject to much debate, even though previous studies have suggested that a greater intake of fried food is associated with a higher risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease. So, using questionnaires, the researchers set out to investigate the link between eating fried food with death from any cause, and in particular heart and cancer-related death, by assessing the diets of 106,966 women, aged 50 to 79.

After factoring in potentially influential factors, including lifestyle and overall diet quality, not only was regularly eating fried foods associated with a heightened risk of death from any cause and, specifically, heart-related death, those who ate one or more servings a day had an 8% higher risk compared with those who did not eat fried food, while one or more servings of fried chicken a day was linked to a 13% higher risk of death from any cause and a 12% higher risk of heart-related death compared with no fried food.

Considering chicken can be a healthy source of protein, this serves to emphasise that in addition to making the right food choices, food preparation is also vital for our health.

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