Eating too many french fries could increase your risk of death

Look, french fries are pretty great. Americans eat almost 2 million tons each year.

However, as it turns out, eating too many french fries -- at least twice a week -- could increase your risk of death.

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I mean, we already knew that they weren't that great for your health, but the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition released a new study. They studied potato consumption in about 4,440 older people between the ages of 45 and 79. At the end of the 8-year study, 236 people died.

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Now, it really depends on the type of potatoes you eat.

Eating things like french fries, fried potatoes and hash browns at least twice a week more than doubled the risk of death. However, dishes such as potato salad or boiled, baked and mashed potatoes are fine (as long as they're not doused in butter or sour cream, we're guessing).

Researchers say, for now, the link is an association, not a direct causation. So, enjoy the fries, but maybe cut intake down to once a week.