Ah, roast chicken. (Photo: Pimonpim Tangosol, Getty Images)
A new study associates the regular consumption of roast chicken – at least one serving a week – with a 13 percent increase in the risk of premature death, at least in older women.
The researchers studied nearly 107,000 postmenopausal women who tracked their diet in the 1990s as part of a nationwide study by 2017. However, there could be a deadly association with roast chicken other groups as well.
"We had no reason why the effects may vary by age or even by gender," Dr. Wei Bao, an epidemiologist from the University of Iowa who co-authored the study, tells time.
"I could suggest that the association is similar in younger women or even in men," he added.
They knew that fried chicken was not exactly healthy. However, as Bao told the magazine, his study is one of the first to actually investigate how fried foods affect death over time.
For example, the study found that older women with weekly roast chicken behaviors had a 12 percent higher chance of dying from heart-related death.
A fish sandwich was hardly better: people who ate deep-fried fish weekly had a 7% higher overall risk of death but a 13% higher risk of heart death.
Americans love fried foods: About one in three of us eat fast food on a particular day, and the Centers for Disease Control discovered that buckets of roast chicken, French fries, and crispy fish were inhaled.
The study is not unlimited, the authors state. Researchers have considered age, race, education and lifestyle differences. However, the correlation is not causation, and other factors may have played a role.
One such factor is the type of oil used for frying: The authors point to an earlier study in Spain, which shows no relationship between the consumption of fried foods and mortality. However, not all foods are fried equally, the authors note:
"In the United States, for example, fried foods are more commonly consumed abroad (eg in fast food restaurants) than at home, and are usually fried in corn oil, the In Spain, fried foods are often made at home from olive oil, according to the study. Some research indicates that the oil is healthier.
A roast food for fried food fans: "The total or single consumption of fried foods was generally not related to cancer mortality," the authors write.
Peer-reviewed journal The BMJ.
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