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In defense of French fries

February 6, 2019

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Robert H. Shmerling, MD, Senior Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

Dr. Robert H. Shmerling is the former clinical chief of the division of rheumatology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), and is a current member of the corresponding faculty in medicine at Harvard Medical School. … See Full Bio
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Buddy4 Study
February 26, 2019

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.)

February 13, 2019

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!

Daniel McGee
February 11, 2019

Mine too Macs

suresh kumar
February 11, 2019

Are roasted and fried potato not good food.

Sharon RN
February 10, 2019

Jan Jacobs
February 7, 2019

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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