Food items such as fried chicken and fried fish/shellfish were related to a higher risk of heart-related fatality , especially among younger women in the study ( aged 50-65 years old ) .
The analysts suggest that reducing consumption of fried foods , in particular fried chicken and fried fish/shellfish , could have a positive public health impression .
Up to one third of North American adults have fast-food every day , and previous research has suggested that a greater intake of fried foods are associated with a higher risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease .
But proof about the risk of death attached to eating fried foods is limited and subject to much debate .
The researchers looked at the women’s total and specific consumption of different fried foods, including: “fried chicken”; “fried fish, fish sandwich and fried shellfish (shrimp and oysters)”; and other fried foods, such as french fries, tortilla chips and tacos.
After taking account of potentially influential factors such as lifestyle, overall diet quality, education level and income, the researchers found that regularly eating fried foods was associated with a heightened risk of death from any cause and, specifically, heart-related death: those who ate one or more servings a day had an 8% higher risk compared with those who did not eat fried food.
“Reducing the consumption of fried foods, especially fried chicken and fried fish/shellfish, may have clinically meaningful impact across the public health spectrum,” they conclude.