Everyone knows that French Fries aren’t great for health. But have you ever stopped to think just how bad they really are? Now however, there is a good enough reason for you to say ‘no’ to your weekly (almost) platter of mouth-wateringly delicious French Fries as a new study has revealed that eating two to three portions of fried potatoes (think French Fries, Hash Browns or any other form of fried potatoes) a week, doubles the risk of death. Yes, a two-fold increase in the risk of death. Let’s dig a little deeper and get to the bottom of where French Fries get their bad name from.
What Makes French Fries So Unhealthy?
The Oil Used For Frying
French Fries, before they are fried, come dipped in corn oil. This processed corn oil is one of the worst possible oils that the human body can get exposed to. When French Fries are fried in hydrogenated vegetable oils like corn or canola oil, they become
With their high glycemic carbohydrates, the French Fries (or Hash Browns) that you consume, get digested quickly and get converted into glycogen, which, if not used up with a lot of exercise, gets stored easily in your body as fat. And even a small serving of French Fries contains about 340 calories. But most of us these days order large servings, which can contain a whopping 730 calories which translates to about 37 grams of fat with close to 8 grams of saturated fats.
If you think rancid oil and huge amounts of calories aren’t bad enough, wait till you hear this. Your innocent looking Fries (or Hash Browns) contain a substance called Trans fats. Also
French fries (Or Hash browns) happen to be very
But as long as fried potatoes in the form of fries or hash browns remain a favorite among people, these recommendations and reports don’t mean much.
Potatoes cooked at the highest temperatures have been shown to contain considerable amounts of a potentially dangerous substance called acrylamide. Acrylamide is produced when foods containing carbohydrates and asparagine are cooked at high temperatures. And
French Fries anyone?