How Does Eating Fried Foods Affect Your Health?

Dr. Mandana Shahbazi
Aug 10 · 3 min read
Photo by Armando Ascorve Morales on Unsplash

Most people find deep-fried foods such as french fries, fried wontons, and onion rings irresistible due to their tasty nature. Unfortunately, they offer you very little nutritional value and they can make you vulnerable to chronic health complications. There’s no denying the fact that natural fats in food like nuts and avocado are vital for your overall health and wellness. However, consuming fried fatty foods are quite unhealthy. What are the dangers of fried foods?

1. Liver Damage

Eating fried foods on a regular basis can put your liver at risk. You certainly need to think twice before filling your plate with fatty fried foods. Your liver is one of the largest and most important organs in your body. The liver plays a vital role in breaking down the foods you consume during digestion. Fried foods have a vast wealth of fat and cholesterol which have the ability to increase the workload of your liver. When this vital organ is unable to break down all the fats you consume, it can lead to a chronic liver ailment known as a fatty liver which leads to liver malfunction.

2. Increased Obesity Risk

Fried foods are responsible for the increased cases of obesity across the globe. Many people don’t think of the consequences of consuming unhealthy fried foods until it’s too late for them. These foods are best known for their high levels of cholesterol and fats. By eating fatty fried foods, your calorie intake increases significantly, leading to obesity. Developing obesity makes you vulnerable to other chronic health complications such as type 2 diabetes, strokes, heart attacks and breathing disorders.

3. Cardiovascular Diseases

It is unfortunate that many people have developed an appetite for tasty fried foods all over the world. As a result, the number of cardiovascular diseases victims keeps increasing at an alarming rate. Eating fried foods on a daily basis exposes you to heart–related ailments in so many ways. Consuming fried foods increases your cholesterol levels significantly, leaving you susceptible to heart-related diseases such as heart attacks and heart failure.

4. Increased Diabetes Risk

Consuming fried foods regularly can put your health at risk due to their increased concentration of saturated fats and cholesterol. Eating fatty fried foods will result in obesity which will, in turn, attract other negative health implications such as insulin resistants and type 2 diabetes. People who have a taste for fried foods such as French fries among others are at a higher risk of developing diabetes as compared to those who implement healthy eating habits.

5. Increased Risks of Cancer

Cancer is a catastrophic health complication that is responsible for countless deaths across the world. Health experts warn that consuming fried foods such as french fries, doughnuts, fried chicken and fried fish on a regular basis can increase your chances of developing breast cancer and prostate cancer among others.

The bottom line is that consumption of excessive fried foods is bad for your health due to their high concentration of calories, cholesterol, and saturated fats. By limiting these foods in your diet you increase the chance of avoiding chronic and potentially deadly disease.

Dr. Mandana Shahbazi

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Dr. Mandana is a functional and integrative medicine physician who focuses on longevity and preventing the risk of disease at

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