Specifically, fried chicken increases the risk of death by 13 per cent while heart-related death risk is up by 12 per cent.
A new study done on post-menopausal women in the United States found women who enjoyed fried chicken at least once a day had a 13-percent higher risk of death from any cause.
One or more servings of fried fish or shellfish a day was linked to a 7 percent higher risk of death from any cause and a 13 percent higher risk of heart-related death.
The worst culprits were fried chicken and fish.
To probe the long-term effects of fried food consumption to the body, the researchers analyzed the food habits of over 100,000 postmenopausal women across the United States from 1993 to 1998.
Researchers at the University of Iowa studied 106,966 women for 18 years.
Women who ate one or more servings a day had an 8 percent higher risk of death compared with those who didn't eat fried food. This in and of itself may not mean all that much, the study's authors said, but when they looked at specific kinds of fried food, more relevant trends could be observed.
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Foods such as fried fish/shellfish and fried chicken were linked to heightened risk of heart-related death, particularly to women aged 50-65 years old in the study.
"If you fry fish, it may turn a good thing into a harmful thing".
'And if you eat a lot of fried food then it often follows that your wider diet and lifestyle could be healthier.
The results are not surprising "given the association of fried food to weight gain and obesity, as well as elevation of cholesterol and triglycerides", said Dr. Guy Mintz, director of cardiovascular health and lipidology at Northwell Health's Sandra Atlas Bass Heart Hospital in Manhasset, New York, who was not part of the study. One possibility is that these foods could be ultraprocessed, according to the authors, meaning they may be high in sodium, which could contribute to a higher risk of mortality.
Those who ate one or more servings a day had an eight per cent higher risk compared with those who did not eat fried food. Sadly, KFC is not the only food that's off limit for us.
Other limitations of the study are that other factors could play a role in the premature deaths. Some research suggests that oil healthier. Past research has connected French fries to cancer and a higher mortality risk.
There might be "unidentified confounders" about heart-related deaths as well, so firm conclusions can not be drawn about the cause.
Those women who ate the most fried food tended to be younger, non-white, less educated and on a lower income.