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In defense of French fries
- By Robert H. Shmerling, MD, Senior Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing
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The study was just a correlation, of course, which means that we can’t assume that the French fries actually caused the death per se. The researchers tried to control for a number of potentially confounding variables, like weight and activity level, which helps reduce the amount of noise in the study, but there could certainly be other factors at play, which explain the connection. (It would be unethical to do a randomized control trial on it, since you can’t ethically ask participants to increase their French fry consumption and then measure their death risk.)
The best fries other than chip-wagon fresh cuts, are made from a recipe “In the Kitchen with Rosie: Oprah’s Favorite Recipes” Make them wedge or matchstick. DELICIOUS and NUTRITIOUS!
Mine too Macs
Are roasted and fried potato not good food.
Good to know! I only eat fries about 6 times a year, but I always have the large bag…great indulgence…but I also add extra salt. So that’s why only 6 times a year. My favorite of course are McDonalds fries 🍟
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