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Eating chips twice a week could double your risk of early death

A new study has shown that eating chips twice a week could double your risk of an early death

We know, we know - yet ANOTHER health warning telling you not to eat something in case you get cancer/become obese/die.

We're almost as sick of them as you are.

And whilst this studies findings may very well show that there are serious health implications around eating chips, we've got to admit - we are NOT giving them up without a fight.

Ooh, you can't beat chips and ketchup (Credit: Getty Images)

Seriously though - of all the things, why did it have to be CHIPS?!

On their own, with grated cheese sprinkled on, smothered in gravy... It doesn't matter how they are, chips are a staple of the British diet.

We're getting a bit peckish now...

Anyway - back to the study.

Hang on - not wedges too?! (Credit: Getty Images)

The report, which was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found that over the course of eight years, people who ate fried potatoes two to three times a week were twice as likely to die.

They followed 4,440 people between the ages of 45 and 79 for eight years, finding that a worrying 236 people had passed away.

It wasn't just any old potatoes that were having this effect - it was any type of fried potato, from hash brown to crisps and wedges.

For goodness sake - hash browns aren't even safe?!

NOOO - not the hash browns! (Credit: Getty Images)

The Italian research team, led by Dr. Nicola Veronese, concluded: "The frequent consumption of fried potatoes appears to be associated with an increased mortality risk."

They found that the age or sex of the participants did not have any influence over the results, but found that obesity, lack of exercise and high salt consumption may have had something to do with it.

Even more concerning is that the Government's National Food Survey found that people in the UK were eating three times more chips in 2014 than in 1974.

Deep breaths, everyone. Let's stay calm.

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