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Only eat six French fries in one sitting? Ain’t nobody buying this theory

December 6, 2018

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Here’s some shocking new news: French fries are not healthy. That doesn’t mean that we can’t shovel them into out mouths by the handful once in a while though. But some academics are out to crush your golden, fried, crispy dreams.

According to the New York Times, Eric Rimm, a professor at the department of epidemiology and nutrition at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, calls potatoes “starch bombs”.

The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition published a study last year which “noted that potatoes have a high glycemic index” — an issue that’s been linked to an “increased risk of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.”

Related: London bans junk food ads on public transport to prevent obesity

The internet reaction chamber that is Twitter was shaken to its core by this suggestion, and understandably so. The Twitter backlash was predictable and vicious. Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi said, “I don’t have time for this kind of negativity in my life right now.”

In a way, he’s got a point. A large order of fries at McDonald’s clocks in at 510 calories, while Five Guys’ large portion is a staggering 1,314 calories. Additionally, a study from The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition referenced in the original NYT piece also notes that those who eat fried potatoes two to three times a week were at a higher risk of mortality.

Our love of fries may kill us, but we’ll die happy and full and that’s all you can really ask for.


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