Eating fried chicken and fish 'linked to premature death' - UK study

Eating fried chicken and fish 'linked to premature death' - UK study

Specifically, fried chicken increases the risk of death by 13 per cent while heart-related death risk is up by 12 per cent.

Meanwhile, one or more servings of fried fish or 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. "Unfortunately, we know very little about the long-term health effect of fried food consumption", Wei Bao, an epidemiologist at the University of Iowa and co-author of the study, told CNN. But a study (that doesn't want us to enjoy good things) by the British Medical Journal says that eating too many deep-fried chicken and fish could be taking years out of your life.

Bao's research team followed 107,000 women between the ages of 50 and 79 across the USA for 18 years beginning in 1993.

The scientists involved found the increased risk of death that came with consuming fried chicken, fried food, and the like came from everything but cancer; type 2 diabetes and heart disease were some of the primary causes of early death.

Spanish fried food lovers regularly use olive oil for their frying, and more often they cook their fried foods in their own kitchens, Bao explained.

While fried chicken, a staple of the American Southern diet which is high in fried food, showed the greatest risk increase, the study also found that while fish itself is useful in lowering cardiovascular disease risk, its benefits seem to be destroyed by the frying process.

Forget the fried chicken.

Overall, after accounting for lifestyle, diet quality, education level, and income, the results showed that regularly eating fried food was linked to an increased risk of death.

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There was, however, no association found with cancer-related death.

Those who ate one or more servings a day had an eight per cent higher risk compared with those who did not eat fried food.

Bao believes portion control and reducing how often we indulge in fried food can be steps toward protecting our health.

The researchers emphasised the study was observational and only considered USA women so it may not be applicable more widely, however they also highlighted the large size and diversity of the sample and said that "we have identified a risk factor for cardiovascular mortality that is readily modifiable by lifestyle".

Other limitations of the study are that other factors could play a role in the premature deaths. Glycation products - compounds formed when protein-rich animal foods, like meat and fish, are cooked at high temperatures -are also linked with a higher risk of all cause and cardiovascular mortality, according to previous studies.

The presence of "unidentified confounders is still possible", so no firm conclusions can be drawn about cause, they said.

They assessed the diets of more than 100,000 women aged 50 to 79, who took part in the Women's Health Initiative between 1993 and 1998 and who were followed up to February 2017.

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