There's a retort to be had, though - notably from National Potato Council CEO John Keeling, who is surely not biased at all. Eating normal potatoes wasn't tied to any greater likelihood of demise, they note.
However, according to the Harvard School of Public Health, potatoes-whether French fries or baked-are linked to weight gain and diabetes. The study followed 4,400 men and women with an average age of between 45 and 79 years old. "Additional studies in larger sample sizes should be performed to confirm if overall potato consumption is associated with higher mortality risk", concluded the study team.
Participants were divided into groups based on their potato consumption, according to CNN.
Over the course of eight years, a total of 236 participants died.
Examples of fried potatoes include French fries and hash browns.
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Claiming that the risk of death from eating too many french fries is double that of those who do not frequent the yummy, salty, greasy snack, the new study indicates that potato lovers should prepare their favorite tuber another way, perhaps by (yawn) steaming or boiling. Trans-fat leads to LDL, cholesterol in the blood, and cardiovascular disease. Veronese added that other important factors such as obesity, a sedentary lifestyle, and consumption of high quantities of salt might also play a role in the early mortality of those who eat two or more portions of fried potatoes each week. "Potatoes are inherently a very healthy vegetable", said Keeling in an email.
"How the potato is prepared will impact the calorie, fat and sodium content", said Keeling, however the basic nutrients remain "no matter how it is prepared".
Keeling also argued, "it is very much a stretch to brand fried potatoes, or any other form of potato, as unhealthy".
Notable also is the fact that eating unfried potatoes was not associated with an increased mortality risk. Larsson was not involved in the new study.
Meanwhile, Dr. Nicola said he hoped that his study would inform everyone that consuming fried potatoes "could be an important risk factor for mortality".
No link was found between consumption of potatoes that had not been fried and increased mortality.