If fried food is your guilty pleasure, be warned – eating fried chicken and fish is linked to early death in women…

Do you love fried food to death?

It’s high time to swop that fried chicken for oven baked and fried fish for grilled fish – especially since a new US study has found that regularly eating fried food is linked to a heightened risk of death from any cause and heart-related death among postmenopausal women.

Previous studies have suggested that a greater intake of fried food is associated with a higher risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

However, evidence about the risk of death linked to eating fried foods is limited and subject to much debate.

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Over 100 000 women studied

To investigate the link between eating fried food and death from any cause, researchers used questionnaire data to assess the diets of 106 966 women.

The participants, aged 50 to 79, were enrolled in the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) between 1993-1998 and were followed up to February 2017.

After taking account of potentially influential factors such as lifestyle, overall diet quality, education level and income, the researchers found that regularly eating fried foods was associated with a heightened risk of death from any cause and, specifically, heart-related death as follows:

  • Those who ate one or more servings a day had an eight percent higher risk of heart-related death compared to those who did not eat fried food.
  • One or more servings of fried chicken a day was linked to a 13 percent higher risk of death from any cause and a 12 percent higher risk of heart-related death compared to no fried food.
  • Similarly, one or more servings of fried fish/shellfish a day was linked to a 7 percent higher risk of death from any cause and a 13 percent higher risk of heart-related death compared to no fried food.
  • No evidence was found linking fried food to cancer-related death.

Although it is an observational study, and only included women in the US, the researchers highlight the large size and diversity of the study sample and suggest that reducing consumption of fried foods, especially fried chicken and fried fish/shellfish, would have a positive public health impact.

Source: BMJ via www.sciencedaily.com