Sorry, But Scientists Say Eating Hot Chips Could Lead To An Early Death

Put down the fork.

We are so sorry to be the bearers of bad news, but a study has found that eating fried potatoes two to three times a week will increase your mortality risk.

But potatoes are vegetables! Yes, but according to nutritionist Eric Rimm, not all vegetables are created equal. In fact, the professor went so far as to call potatoes "starch bombs".


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In an interview with The New York Times, Prof. Rimm explained that potatoes rank near the bottom of healthy vegetables because they lack a lot of the compounds found in other leafy green ones.

The advice comes amidst the release of the Global Nutrition Report -- an independently produced annual analysis of the state of the world's nutrition -- found that we are literally eating ourselves to death.

The researchers analysed 194 countries and found that malnutrition could cost the world $3.5 trillion per year.

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"Diets are one of the top risk factors of morbidity and mortality in the world - more than air pollution, more than smoking," said Jessica Fanzo, a professor at Johns Hopkins University and a lead author.

She went on to add: "What we’re eating is killing us. So something needs to get us back on track with our food system."

The study also found that wealth didn't have anything to do with the issue surrounding our bad eating habits.

According to the study, the most damaging foods include sugar-sweetened beverages, salt, processed meat, red meat and saturated fat. The data went on to shows that diets low in fruits, whole grains, nuts and seeds contribute most to the disease burden.

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The data adds up.

A study conducted by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare earlier this year found that over nine in 10 Australians weren't getting enough vegetables in their diet. While one in two didn't eat enough fruit.

As for how we can help to combat the issue? The report offered a few suggestions. They include building more public drinking fountains, rolling out restrictions on food advertising and guidance for healthy snacks in schools.

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