Fried Food Increases Risk of Death Among Postmenopausal Women

Fried Food Increases Risk of Death Among Postmenopausal Women

For example, the study found that older women with weekly fried chicken habits had a 12 percent higher chance of dying from a heart-related death.

Regularly eating fried food is linked with a heightened risk of death from any cause and heart-related death, among postmenopausal women, finds a United States study in The BMJ.

The researchers looked at about 20 years' worth of data for nearly 107,000 older women in the US, ages 50-79.

They found that regularly eating fried foods was associated with a heightened risk of death among these women from any cause and specifically heart-related death.

"For example, in the USA, fried foods are eaten more often away from home (eg, in fast food restaurants) than at home; away from home, fried foods are usually deep fried in corn oil, which is the most common frying medium".

"Overall, we found that total fried food consumption is related to higher risk of all-cause death, and also death from cardiovascular disease", said senior researcher Dr. Wei Bao.

According to the authors, limiting consumption of fried foods, in particular fried chicken and fish could be good for public health.

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The researchers emphasised the study was observational and only considered United States 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".

Many studies have shown that eating fried food regularly can lead to unwanted health issues. Another possible explanation, he added, is restaurants tend to reuse oil when frying foods such as chicken, which "may increase the number of harmful byproducts transferred to the food".

The researchers found no specific link between cancer deaths and eating fried foods.

Fried fish is not any better.

One or more serving of fried chicken a day was linked to a 13% higher risk of death from any cause. Previous studies that investigated the health effects of fried food did not see differences in consequences between genders.

The authors note that the study wasn't able to identify what types of oils were used to cook the foods, at what temperature or which cooking methods were used.

Between 25 and 36% of North American adults consume fast food - usually fried - every day. They were also smokers, have a lower quality diet, and exercise less. There was no way for the study to factor in what kind of oil the food was fried in, which may significantly affect the results. "Previous research has told us the traditional Southern diet, which is known for fried foods, is not ideal for optimal heart health and this study helps break down why that may be", she said, adding that almost 80% of cardiac events can be prevented, yet heart disease is the number one killer of women.

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