A recent study reports that each serving of French fries may contain 5-11 grams of trans fat. According to The American Heart Association no more than 2 grams of trans fat per day should be consumed. Please be advised: that is the maximum amount that may be eaten per day total but not just per food or per meal. It is also said that there are plenty of trans fats in some dairy products or meat. So most of us already consume this maximum 2 grams apart from the trans fats present in French fries.
What cause trans fats contained in most fast food?
Increased risk of cancer.
Along with the trans fats our body gets, acrylamide and glycidamide, scientists from the University of Munich have found, that those substances are carcinogenic, i.e. they stimulate cancer.
The deposition of harmful cholesterol in the walls of blood vessels, as well as, the development of atherosclerosis. Heart disease occurs in humans due to high fat content, forming cholesterol plaques.
Reduced activity of the immune system.
According to the World Health Organization the safe dose of trans fats for the body is no more than 1% of food energy value.
Metabolic disease (by constant use)
Weight gain. Fried potatoes are a high-calorie food and therefore people who care about their weight should not include them in their diet.
So Should We Never Eat French Fries, Ever?
Ideally, say NO to this kind of food! French fries, along with plenty other products of fast food, are hardly valuable and healthy because of the high content of hydrogenated fats. However, if you allow yourself a small serving of French fries one time in a two week period, your health may not be adversely affected.
Are Potatoes Healthy At All?
Completely rejecting potatoes from the diet is believed to be unreasonable for the following reasons:
First, potatoes are the richest source of energy among all vegetables;
Second, the protein in potatoes stands out by a high biological value because it consists of amino acids, which our body needs;
Third, a particular important value of potatoes is that they are a good source of potassium, which plays an important role in supporting the heart;
Potatoes contain much more potassium than bread, meat or fish;
Other much needed minerals in potatoes are: phosphorus, calcium, iron and magnesium;
Though the potato is not the richest source of vitamin C, its still the cheapest way to get it;
Potatoes cooked in their skins save about 90 percent of vitamin C; cleaned and cooked ones only about 80 percent;
Finally, for those who care about their weight: the energy stored in a large potato is about 418 kJ. About the same amount is contained in an apple, orange or grapefruit.