5 Reasons You Should Think Twice before Eating Fried Foods

Most people are aware that eating too many fried foods isn’t good for their health. Some turn a blind eye and do it anyway. But a recent study conducted in the United States might at least give men cause to think twice before eating fried foods on a regular basis. The study revealed that cancer-causing compounds found in fat and cooking oil create a link between the consumption of fried foods and the development of prostate cancer. If you’re still considering ordering those French fries, read on to find out more about the correlation between health problems and eating fried foods.

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  1. Fried Foods that Cause Problems. Foods such as fried chicken, fried fish, doughnuts and French fries can cause a problem by placing your health at risk. When these and other similar foods are eaten at least once per week, the risk of prostate cancer increases by 30 to 37 percent.
  2. Toxicity in the Body. Chicken, fish and potatoes alone are not the problem. Neither is cooking oil when used in moderation, although olive oil is your best choice. But when these foods are cooked at high temperatures in cooking oil that’s reused again and again, the presence of toxic compounds such as acrylamide increase. These compounds, known as AGEs, cause oxidative stress and chronic inflammation—two conditions known to lead to cancer.
  3. The Cancer Connection. But men aren’t the only ones that should be vigilant about their diet. Other studies have revealed that regular consumption of deep-fried foods is also tied to breast cancer, pancreatic, lung and esophageal cancers. Everyone should make an effort to cut out excessive fried foods in favor of food that promotes good health. (link)
  4. Obesity-Related Illnesses. If the risk of cancer isn’t enough of a reason to curtail fried food consumption, maybe the other health risks will be. The fact is that a diet that regularly includes fried or fast foods can lead to obesity. Those who are overweight are more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure.
  5. Learning More. Medical trials are conducted to learn more about the effects of fried foods and how to treat conditions such as cancer and diabetes. Participation in these trials helps those in the medical field learn more about the conditions and develop new treatments. As a participant, you can receive free medical care and compensation.

You don’t necessarily have to give up your favorite fried foods altogether. Like anything else that’s less than healthy, you can still enjoy fried foods once in a while in a single-serving size. The rest of the time your meals should consist of lean protein, fresh produce, whole grains and low-fat dairy. Replace French fries with oven-baked sweet potato fries. Grill a chicken breast instead of frying a drumstick. Eat a grilled turkey burger instead of a fried beef burger. A few simple lifestyle changes will improve your health and help reduce the risk of developing cancer or obesity-related disease.

Samantha Rodgers

Samantha Rodgers writes about volunteering for medical trials. You can visit GSK trials for more information on taking part or to register as a volunteer.

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