Harvard Professor Says We Should Only Eat 6 French Fries Per Meal, Twitter Says ‘Aise Kaise!’

You know what my favourite vice is? It’s French Fries.

Crispy. Golden. Salty french fries.  *le sigh*.

Which is why when someone tries to get between my fries and me – it feels like I’m being personally attacked. And I’m happy to report that I’m not alone.

So, What exactly happened?

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The New York Times recently quoted various nutritionists saying that potatoes are “starch bombs” and consuming them in high quantities may catalyse obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. Now I know what you’re thinking – Tell me something I don’t already know. Right? Well, the most notable aspect from this report was something Eric Rimm, a professor in the departments of epidemiology and nutrition at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health said:

“Potatoes rank near the bottom of healthful vegetables and lack the compounds and nutrients found in green leafy vegetables. If you take a potato, remove its skin (where at least some nutrients are found), cut it, deep fry the pieces in oil and top it all off with salt, cheese, chili or gravy, that starch bomb can be turned into a weapon of dietary destruction.”

“…I think it would be nice if your meal came with a side salad and six French fries.”

Six. Let that sink in.

A part of me (the rational, health conscious part) understands what he’s getting at. Limiting portion sizes. Opting for baked fries to reduce the amount of oil consumed. And even trying sweet potato fries which are a better alternative than the regular ones. BUT. But my heart wants none of it! And it doesn’t care for the irony either. A limit of Six fries per serving is extreme. And not at all practical.

As expected, the Twitterati went nuts

  1. NOOOO

2. This is hilarious

3. 10 points to Gryffindor

4. And we’ve already found ways around it!

5. Yep!

6. Mind It

7. Pretty Please?

8. My reaction, exactly

9. Oops

10. Ignored

11. LMAO

12. Only Six!

13. Or even more?

What do you guys think? Would you switch to healthier fries anytime soon?