Fried Food Not A Cause Of Heart Disease

Flickr adactio 164930387--Fish and chipsThe Telegraph‘s Stephen Adams reports on a new study belittling the “myth” that regularly eating fried foods causes heart attacks:

They say there is mounting research that it is the type of oil used, and whether or not it has been used before, that really matters.

The latest study, published in the British Medical Journal, found no association between the frequency of fried food consumption in Spain – where olive and sunflower oils are mostly used – and the incidence of serious heart disease.

However, the British Heart Foundation warned Britons not to “reach for the frying pan” yet, pointing out that the Mediterranean diet as a whole was healthier than ours.

Spanish researchers followed more than 40,000 people, two-thirds of whom were women, from the mid 1990s to 2004.

At the outset they asked them how often they ate fried foods, either at home or while out. They then looked to see whether eating fried foods regularly increased the likelihood of falling ill from having coronary heart disease, such as a heart attack or angina requiring surgery.

Dividing participants into four groups, from lowest fried food intake to highest, they found no significant difference in heart disease.

There were 606 incidents linked to heart disease in total, but they were split relatively evenly between the four groups.

The authors concluded: “In a Mediterranean country where olive and sunflower oils are the most commonly used fats for frying, and where large amounts of fried foods are consumed both at and away from home, no association was observed between fried food consumption and the risk of coronary heart disease or death.”…

[continues in the Telegraph]


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5 Comments on "Fried Food Not A Cause Of Heart Disease"

  1. emperorreagan | Jan 25, 2012 at 11:49 am |

    So the moral of the story – cook relatively healthy meals at home.  Don’t eat carry out, at chain restaurants, or the like because their food is awful for you.  It’s loaded with salt, cheap ingredients, and fried in reused oil.

    All of these studies come down to the same thing – the type of restaurants that dominate the markets in many countries are incredibly bad for you and people eat there too much.  The type of prepared foods that dominate the super markets are incredibly bad for you and people eat them too much..

  2. Satisfied | Jan 25, 2012 at 1:41 pm |

    The heart is the cause of heart disease.

  3. Dean Mills | Jan 25, 2012 at 1:44 pm |

    Most vegetable oils oxidise and turn rancid easily, and cause problems, particularly with weight gain. There is still a massive lack if insight in the mainstream media about different types of saturated fat. Apparently, saturated fat is just bad – end of story. Coconut oil, however, is a medium chain saturated fat, which does not turn rancid easily. I have been consuming about 2 table spoons of the stuff for 3 years, more or less every day, by stir frying vegetables in it. I have had my blood pressure taken twice in this time, which has proven to be perfect. So I know for a fact you can eat lots of stir fried food, and for it to actually be good for you – provided it is coconut oil! 🙂

  4. Jin The Ninja | Jan 25, 2012 at 9:16 pm |

    stay away from palm, canola… use coconut or refined almond.

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