We might not be swearing off French fries anytime soon, even in the face of a new study claiming a link found between the comfort greasy food to link.
A research team in Hangzhou, China, found that frequent consumption of fried foods, including fried potatoes, was linked with a 12% higher risk of anxiety and 7% higher risk of depression than in those who do not consume the starchy goodies.
The link was even more pronounced among young men and younger consumers, and opened a link to reducing fried foods not just for physical health reasons but also mentally attributed ones.
Still, experts who study nutrition say that the results are preliminary and it is not necessarily clear whether the fried foods were driving mental health issues or whether people experiencing the mental health issues were turning towards fried foods.
The study evaluated 140,728 people over 11.3 years. Excluding participants diagnosed with depression within the first two years, a total of 8,294 cases of anxiety and 12,735 cases of depression were found in those who consumed fried food.
Specifically, fried potatoes were found to have a 2% increase link in risk of depression over fried white meat. The study also found that participants consuming more than one serving of fried food regularly were more likely to be younger men.