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Healthy portion of fries should only contain six pieces, says Harvard professor

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Published : Dec 1, 2018, 2:29 pm IST
Updated : Dec 1, 2018, 2:29 pm IST

He adds that a person should sate his appetite with salad if they want to avoid life-threatening heart conditions.

In the last 25 years, the average serving size in any given establishment has doubled or tripled.
 In the last 25 years, the average serving size in any given establishment has doubled or tripled.

A Harvard professor has declared that a portion of fries should only contain six for it to be called a healthy portion.

Introduced in the 1700s, fried sticks of potato have been an indulgence and a staple ever since.

However, Professor Eric Rimm, of Harvard University's nutrition department, says they are 'starch bombs' and half a dozen should be our limit.

He adds that a person should sate his appetite with salad if they want to avoid life-threatening heart conditions.

The comments, appearing in New York Times prompted quite a furor online, but medical community says that he has a point.

In the last 25 years, the average serving size in any given establishment has doubled or tripled. Bagels are now six inches wide, not three; a medium bag of popcorn is 11 cups, not five; and a soda is 20 ounces not 6.5.

A serving of fries is meant to be capped at around 15. These days, most restaurants serve around 55.

Dr Rimm’s advice is partly based on a recent study by Italian researchers, who found people who avoided fries altogether lived six months longer than those who indulged.

People who ate fries two or three times a week had (unsurprisingly) higher risks of diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease.

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