We’ll tell you why you should eliminate chips and chips from your diet and how these unhealthy foods are related to your risk of death.
For eight years, researchers have looked at the consumption of potatoes. They examined several thousand participants who had consumed all possible varieties of potatoes. Their results have now been published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. We have summarized the hard facts for you:
French fries in the sights of the researchers
A total of 4,400 people took part in the study. They were between 45 and 79 years old. The study lasted a full 8 years. During this time 236 of the participants died. With the help of a questionnaire, the researchers recorded how regularly the participants ate potatoes. It was about fried and un-fried potatoes. At the end of the study, the researchers put the death rate and potato consumption in relation.
The good news first: Un fried potatoes did not have any negative effects on the mortality rate of the participants. So you can continue to eat potatoes without hesitation. But you should be careful with fried potatoes! Fried potatoes turned out to be pretty dangerous! Both fries and chips have doubled participants’ risk of death. No wonder they are considered an unhealthy food!
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It’s the amount of unhealthy food that matters
As with all other unhealthy foods, the same thing applies to fries: the amount counts. Not everyone who has eaten a serving of french fries is at an increased risk of death immediately. Because, as with so many in life, it is important to find a healthy mediocre with fried potatoes.
But those who grabbed the fried fattening foods two to three times or more per week doubled the risk of death when compared to the other participants. You should be aware that fried food is an unhealthy food. So don’t overdo it!
This is how potatoes are healthier
Preheat the oven to 200 degrees. Drizzle small potatoes with olive oil. Put salt, pepper, garlic and a few sprigs of rosemary in the oven for about 15 to 20 minutes, until the potatoes are golden yellow. This makes a great side dish for summer barbecue evenings.
The popular baked potatoes are also a lot healthier than their fried relatives. Cut a large potato lengthways. Cook them in the oven at about 180 degrees for about an hour. You prick the potatoes with a fork to see if they’re already done. In the meantime, prepare a delicious dip for your baked potato. Whether you opt for a spinach and artichoke dip or a tzatziki with olives or something completely different is up to you. Fill your potatoes with the dip before serving.
Healthy potato salad
Cook a serving of potatoes until tender. Cut them into thin slices and mix them with narrow rings of a red onion and the green of spring onions. Dress the salad with a vinegar and oil dressing and season with salt and pepper.