Gulp... According to a recent study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, "Fried potato consumption is associated with elevated mortality." Apparently there's been low-to-no research conducted into this deathly eating habit until this study, which was lead by Dr Nicola Veronese from the University of Padova in Italy. And now science has confirmed that saying yes to the "would you like fries with that?" question is cutting short our lifespan.

The study involved over 4000 people aged 45 - 79 who had their weekly potato (fried and unfried) consumption recorded and then recorded again eight years later. The participants were grouped into those who rarely ate fried potatoes and those who consumed a lot (two-to-three times per week). The mortality rate was worked out through any recorded cases of death amongst the participants over the eight year period. The study found, "...participants who consumed fried potatoes two-three times per week or greater than three times per week were at an increased risk of mortality. The consumption of unfried potatoes was not associated with any increased mortality risk."

The reason? It's all about the cooking oil. Some cooking oils, like olive oil, are exceptionally good for you while other types like the vegetable oils that contain trans-fat, are pretty much napalm for your body. Dr Veronese speaking to CNN said, "...we believe that the cooking oil, rich in trans-fat, is an important factor in explaining mortality in those eating more potatoes." Fried potatoes, hot chips, hash browns and many brands of potato crisps are cooked in these trans-fat filled vegetable oils, which when consumed have a slew of negative health effects including raising "bad" cholesterol levels, lowering "good" chlolesterol levels, increased risk of developing heart disease and stroke, and increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Makes a compelling case for fries no more. 

Avoid this one food if you want to live a long life