Based on a recent study published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) that was done on the postmenopausal women in the United States, the regular serving of fish or fried chicken is linked with a higher risk of death among these women. Women aged between 50 and 65 are at the heightened risk of heart-related deaths if they consume fried foods such as fried fish/shellfish or fried chicken. A 7% greater risk of death was witnessed among women who eat a daily portion of fried fish or shellfish.
Fried food is the most commonly consumed food in the United States and around the world. Despite the limited evidence of deaths connected with eating fried foods, the earlier studies have implied that higher consumption of fried food is associated with a higher risk of type 2 diabetes and heart-related complications. Further, the researchers did not find any evidence that cancer-related deaths were associated with consuming fried food.
Based on the overall diet quality and regular eating foods among other possible influential factors, the statistics showed that a single or more fried chicken on daily basis was associated with 13% higher risk of death from any factor and a 12% higher risk of deaths related to heart compared with no fried food. The researchers suggested that the controlled or reduced intake of the fried foods especially fried chicken and fried fish could positively impact the public health.
The study was assessed by the researchers at the University of Iowa and the Washington University School of Medicine on the diets of more than 105,000 women lying in the age group of 50-79 who had enrolled in the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) that was carried between the period 1993 and 1998 and were followed up to 2017.