Why You Need To Avoid French Fries (in food chains)
French fries have always been inseparable addition to any fast food out there. Have you ever wondered if they are healthy enough, or just contain too many calories that are making you fat?
Unfortunately, it has been proven that besides having too many unhealthy calories, they may have also very serious impact upon your health.
Many food chains use chemicals in food that are particularly concerning. For example, they often use canola oil to fry, which is an oil that is almost always genetically modified.
Another thing is that french fries also contain a form of corn sugar known as dextrose, which is chemically identical to blood sugar.
Dextrose is not recommended for pregnant and nursing mothers, for people with liver and diabetic issues,because it can cause blood sugar to skyrocket easily and prevent proper fat digestion.
Among other ingredients found in french fries is also hydrogenated soybean oil (whereas soy bean is known to disrupt hormonal balance).
Other ingredients found in french fries are sodium acid pyrophasphate, which is hazardous for ingestion and dimethylpolysiloxane, which is an anti-foaming agent that’s usually found in caulking and sealants.
And when you see how much calories and fat it has, you’ll see why you need to avoid french fries made in food chains whatsoever.
1.Increased Risk Of Cancer
A little online searching will provide you with the main reason why people are concerned with commercially produced french fries: acrylamide.
This chemical is used mainly in certain industrial processes, such as in making paper, dyes, and plastics, and in treating drinking water and wastewater.
There are small amounts in some consumer products, such as caulk, food packaging, and some adhesives.
It can also form in some starchy foods during high-temperature cooking, such as frying, roasting, and baking.
How does it form?
Acrylamide forms from sugars and amino acid that are naturally in food, and it does not come from food packaging or the environment.
This chemical doesn’t appear to be in raw foods themselves.
It’s formed when certain starchy foods are cooked at high temperatures (above about 250° F).
Cooking at high temperatures causes a chemical reaction between certain sugars and an amino acid (asparagine) in the food, which forms acrylamide.
Many cooking methods such as frying, baking, broiling, or roasting, are more likely to create acrylamide, while boiling, steaming, and microwaving appear less likely to do so.
Longer cooking times and cooking at higher temperatures can increase the amount of acrylamide found in foods.
How to fry then potatoes without being exposed?
- Cut and soak potatoes before cooking for two hours, which reduces acrylamide content by up to half
- Rinse for just 30 seconds, can cut the amount by over 20 percent
- Never keep raw potatoes in the fridge to reduce acrylamide consumption
- Keep them in a cool and dark place before preparing
2.Increased Risk Of Obesity
Knowing how many calories french fries have, it’s not surprising they cause obesity.
As earlier discussed, french fries include dextrose(an added sugar), and weight gain is just a side effect coming as a result of eating too many added sugars.
In a study conducted in Puerto Rico was found that a diet high in french fries calories, meat and processed meat, contributed to a high “allostatic load,” which refers to accumulated wear and tear associated with chronic stress.
The same diet was also connected with higher waist circumference and elevated blood pressure.
What’s the main issue here?
Well, making traditional french fries from white potatoes involves the complexity of the carbohydrates they contain.
White potatoes break down faster and elevate blood sugar quickly, while sweet potatoes break down slowly in the system, and offer more complete nutrition.
In case you want to preserve health and avoid obesity, at least use sweet potatoes to fry.
3.Increased Risk Of Osteoporosis
French fries produced in food chains, also contain sodium acid pyrophosphate, agent that is commonly found in cheeseburgers, milk products and boxed cake mixes.
Because it is absorbed as phosphorus in the body, it’s important to keep track of how much you’re consuming, as your phosphorus/calcium ratio should be about 1:1.
This is very important to know, because too much phosphorus disrupts various functions of the body and contributes to bone loss, eventually resulting in osteoporosis.
4.Pesticides In Potatoes
Just to give you a short brief overview of the impact of these pesticides:
One is associated with neurological disruption, kidney damage and tumors, other two are considered probable human carcinogens, with links to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and sarcoma, and others are linked to thyroid dis-function.
5.Increased Risk Of Diabetes
French fries are associated with the development of diabetes Type 2, because of the simplicity of the carbohydrates present in white potatoes.
One study have shown that higher consumption of total potatoes (including baked, boiled, or mashed potatoes and french fries), was significantly associated with an elevated risk for T2D.
Greater consumption of potatoes, especially french fries, was associated with a higher T2D risk, independent of BMI and other risk factors.
On the other hand, replacement of potatoes with whole grains was associated with a lower T2D risk.
Regarding pregnant women, eliminating french fries from the menu may be quite helpful in avoiding gestational diabetes during pregnancy.
Particularly for women who were already overweight or obese, a 2016 study found an increased risk of gestational diabetes in women who consume soft drinks and french fries on a more regular basis.
6.Possible Risk Of High Blood Pressure
An American study published in the BMJ, aimed to find out if eating more potatoes is associated with an increased risk of high blood pressure.
The researchers, from Harvard Medical School, looked at more than 187,000 men and women in three large American studies.
It compared people who had less than one serving a month of baked, mashed or boiled potatoes, chips, or crisps, and people who had four or more servings a week.
They found that there was an 11 % higher risk of hypertension if participants had 4 or more servings a week of baked, boiled or mashed potatoes, and 17 % higher risk for French fries (chips), compared to people who had less than one serving a month.
They found no increased risk with a higher consumption of crisps.
However, a portion of crisps in the study was much smaller by weight than the other forms of potato (28 g/1 oz of crisps compared with 4 oz /113 g of French fries), so it might be that the smaller amount of potatoes affected the results.
The study showed that swapping a portion of potatoes for a portion of vegetables could reduce the risk of high blood pressure.
The effect of the glycemic load could potentially be associated with effects on the body that could influence the development of raised blood pressure. (source)
7.Increases Food Addiction
Eating french fries once or twice each week increased the risk of food addiction in study participants by more than two times.
The most addictive foods were chocolate, ice cream, carbonated beverages, french fries, white bread, rice, candy, chips and pasta, in decreasing order of frequency.
8.Increases The Possibility Of Low Sperm Quality
In a study from 2016 was elaborated that “Western” model of eating such as:
- organ meats
- red and processed meats
- soft drinks
- refined grains
- french fries
- fast foods
- high-fat dairy products
- hydrogenated fats
- fatty sauces
- snacks, lead to higher asthenozoospermia risk.
All these findings suggest that adherence to the Western pattern is potentially an unfavorable indicator of asthenozoospermia risk, and a diet composed mainly of plant-based foods may be associated with a reduced risk.
Are There Healthier Versions Of French Fries
Of course there are.
Other healthier options offer turnip fries, sweet and purple potato fries, and baked vegetable fries.
All of these will provide you with the feeling of having those crunchy fries you love so much, without any starchy guilt involved.
Regarding purple potatoes, they are full of antioxidants and known to have great benefits, such as regulation of blood pressure and insoluble fiber content.
Word Of Caution
It is rare, but there are people who have allergic reactions to potatoes, similar as allergic reactions when eating tomato, cherry, eggplant, melon, pear and other members of this food family.
Typical symptoms of potato allergy include:
- itchy mouth
- swollen throat
- atopic dermatitis
- runny nose
- weepy eyes
- tight chest
If you notice any of these symptoms, stop consuming potato immediately and seek medical help.
Yes, we know it’s difficult to say goodbye to your favorite side meal snack, but at least you will keep your health in check.
Sweet potatoes and veggie fries are always much better option than conventional french fries sold in fast food establishments, as they do nothing for good for your health but harm.
Keep this in mind when you go nearby food facility and always choose wisely what you will eat!
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