What We Knew…
We all know that fried food is not exactly high on the healthy food’s list. As a matter of fact, most of us would guess that eating fried food is high on the “This is Very Bad for your Health” list. Amirite?? Fried foods, highly processed foods, high salt foods, etc all the things that we really LOVE to eat are among the foods that we know to help our health decline over time.
What We Recently Learned…
There was an article that was recently published (Jan 2019) in the British Medical Journal that confirmed what we knew and backed it up with some data and it even added a bit to what we knew about fried food consumption. What we recently learned was that in post-menopausal women – women ages 50 to 79 – we see that high fried food consumption leads to “all cause mortality” (this means that ALL diseases are negatively affected by eating high amounts of fried foods. The shocker is that it found that fried foods increase risk of death in women by 13%!!! Wow!
We are told that:
…women with more frequent total fried food consumption were more likely to be younger, non-white, with less education, and on lower income. They were more likely to be participants from the Women’s Health Initiative clinical trials, be current smokers, have lower physical activity levels, drink more coffee, have a higher total energy intake, and have a lower diet quality…
This basically means that of the women that were in this study, those that ate the most fried foods (chicken, fish, seafood, etc) tended to be young, non-white, had lower income and less education. They also tended to have more lifestyle habits that were detrimental to their health.
There are several take-away messages that I got from this study.
- We have a LOT of work to do if we want to live longer, healthier lives
- There is more work to do to educate those that are younger, menopausal, lower income, and those with less education. Trying to help those ladies understand the importance of nutrition is crucial if we, as a nation, want to be healthier.
- Fried foods, smoking, drinking, inactivity, drinking high amounts of coffee, and eating more calories from oils all goes hand-in-hand. And any one of these factors can contribute to increased mortality on its own. Together, they seem to accelerate the process.
- These women tended to have higher prevalence of both diabetes as well as a higher body mass index (they were more likely to be obese).
- The study participants ate less fresh veggies & fruit and more sugar-rich beverages, processed meats, trans fats and high sodium foods.
What Can You Do?
If you want to do everything you can to not only avoid early death, but also have a greater QUALITY OF LIFE while you are alive, then you can do several things. Eat less fried foods (once or twice a month). Increase your veggie intake. Drink more water and less sugar beverages. Cook more foods at home. Move your body more. And most definitely stop smoking!!
If you do a combination of these things, you can beat the statistics and have a longer, healthier life.
How do you plan to make modifications to your daily activities? What changes do you want to start making right now that will improve your future health?
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