French fry lovers be warned: Eating fried potatoes often could be associated with an increased risk of early death, according to an 8-year study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition on Thursday.
The study observed 4,440 people between age 45 and 79, and 236 of the participants died by the end of it, CNN reported. Analysts looked at the data and found those who ate fried potatoes two or three times a week had twice the chance of dying early as those who did not eat fried potatoes.
“The frequent consumption of fried potatoes appears to be associated with an increased mortality risk,” reads the study’s conclusion.
Fried potato products include french fries, potato chips and hash browns, Dr. Nicola Veronese explained to CNN.
Researchers noted that non-fried potatoes did not appear to be linked to early mortality risks.
Writing for Fortune, Sy Mukherjee expressed skepticism about the study’s conclusions and how they’ve been reported this week in the media.
“To get the obvious out of the way, fried foods in general aren’t good for you,” Mukherjee wrote.