Potato chips, french fries may harm heart
Source of Article: http://www.upi.com/Health_News/2009/02/16/Potato_chips_french_fries_may_harm_heart/UPI-32921234804077/
Published: Feb. 16, 2009 at 12:07 PM
After ingesting large amounts of potato chips providing about 157 micrograms of acrylamide daily for four weeks, the study participants had adverse changes in oxidized low-density lipoprotein, or LDL, the "bad" cholesterol, inflammatory markers and antioxidants that help the body eliminate acrylamide -- all of which may increase the risk of heart disease.
Additional research is needed in long-term studies of people consuming typical amounts of acrylamide -- averaging about 20 to 30 micrograms, the researchers say.
"Consumers can reduce their exposure to acrylamide by limiting their intake of potato chips and french fries, choosing a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat meat, low-fat dairy products and quitting smoking, which is a major source of acrylamide," Mary Ann Johnson, spokeswoman for the American Society for Nutrition says in a statement.
The findings are published in the March issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
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