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Are You Eating French Fries Too Frequently?

Are you eating French fries too frequently?


I have seen many of you give French fries too frequently

to your kids and along with them, you also have it. You

have it in theatre while watching movie, whenever you go to

have food at restaurant-you first order French fries just for time

pass till the main meal arrive. Now frozen fries are easily available so the

consumption of it has increased at home as well.

Common thing about French fries is that

you already know it that it is unhealthy food as they are high in calories &

Saturated fats.

However, you may not be aware that French fries contain a

chemical called acrylamide. This chemical is produced mainly in starchy

foods which are fried, baked, grilled or roasted at very high temperature.

High exposure to this chemical- ‘Acrylamide’ may increase the risk of-

  • Male infertility
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Cancer
  • Nerve damage

What can you do?

  • Avoid storing potatoes in the refrigerator (ready to cook

Frozen fries) which can result in increased acrylamide

levels during cooking.

  • Soak raw potato chips in water for 20 to 30 mins before

Frying which reduces acrylamide formation during cooking.

  • Fry potatoes to a lighter colour which produces less acrylamide.
  • Avoid food which are fried at high temperature for long time.
  • Also, you need to limit the time of cooking.
  • Steaming and boiling at low flame is best cooking method.


It is OK if your child is having fast food like French fries once in a while, but

don’t make it a routine.

That all for today,

See you next Tuesday with another Tuesday tip

Till then…..

Take care.

Providing simple solutions for the complexities of life

Dr Bhumita Makwana

Your Dietitian & Homoeopathic Physician

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