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This Is Why French Fries Can Actually Be Deadly!

By Chandana Rao

The weekend is here and you want to unwind by going out, trying out different hangouts and some great food, right?

Well, with the plethora of food available today, it is rather difficult to limit ourselves to just a certain kind of food and so, more and more people love to go "food exploring", when they feel like it.

However, there are certain foods that most people never get bored of, for example, while travelling in an exotic country, a person may try a local dish and may love it; this does not stop him/her from liking his/her all time favourite foods any less, right?

are french fries healthy

Well, French fries are something that most people, regardless of age, gender and nationality, have loved since a very long time!

French fries, also known as finger chips and frites, in some countries, is an extremely popular dish that is loved by meat-eaters, vegetarians and even vegans!

Earlier, French fries were mostly popular just in the western countries; however, in the past few decades French fries slowly made their way to the other parts of the world and managed to steal the hearts of people.

One of the main reasons why French fries are so popular is because they are simple to prepare and do not need many ingredients, except for potatoes, oil and seasoning!

Of course, the other reasons why people love French fries is because, they are tasty, crispy and can also be filling!

These days, French fries are extensively available everywhere, be it a start hotel or a street-food cart!

French fries are also given as side dishes with burgers, steak, etc.

Now, we may already be aware of the fact that French fries are fattening and can be rather unhealthy.

But, did you know that they can also cause certain fatal consequences? Read more to find out why!

Why Are French Fries Deadly?
If we are health conscious, even to the least, we do everything we can to prevent getting diseases, so that we remain safe and healthy for a longer time.

Following a healthy diet, avoiding foods that can cause ailments, exercising on a regular basis - all these are a part of preventing diseases.

So, if you want to be healthy, it is always important to find out the facts about certain foods that you could be eating often.

Now, as we know French fries are extremely high in fat, oil and starch content, so they can cause obesity, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and heart ailments, all of which are very dangerous diseases.

However, there is another deadly diseases that is linked to French fries - cancer!

Yes, after 8 years of research, a team of experts have found that a substance called acrylamide is formed in French fries, while it is being prepared.

Acrylamide is produced when starch-rich foods like potatoes are fried in oil at a high temperature.

Acrylamide is said to be a carcinogen, or, a cancer-causing agent, by the US government health agencies.

So, French fries can cause the development of cancerous tumours in the lungs, stomach, thyroid glands, etc.

It is best to avoid French fries or bake them instead of deep frying them in oil.

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Story first published: Wednesday, July 12, 2017, 13:30 [IST]
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