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Health risks of fried food highlighted

Fried food can pose health risks, especially heart problems, according to a study that analysed data on women aged 50-79 in the US

Fried food can pose health risks, especially heart problems, according to a study that analysed data on women aged 50-79 in the US

Eating fried food is associated with a higher risk of heart failure, acute myocardial infarction, total ischaemic heart disease and death, a study shows.

This is particularly true for fried fish and fried chicken, according to the study, which analysed data from nearly 107,000 postmenopausal women aged 50-79 in the US whose lifestyle and health status were being followed as part of the Women’s Health Initiative.

There are several possible explanations for the association between fried food and mortality, the study found. Frying deteriorates oils through the process of oxidation and hydrogenation, leading to a loss of unsaturated fatty acids such as linoleic acid and an increase in the corresponding trans fatty acid.

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