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Harvard professor says six French fries is ideal portion size

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Posted at 10:14 AM, Dec 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-04 13:14:31-05

(KGTV) - The next time you’re asked, “Would you like fries with that?”, a Harvard professor recommends asking for just six of them.

Professor Eric Rimm, with Harvard University’s T.H. Chan Schoolf of Public Health, referred to French fries -- and potatoes in general -- as “starch bombs” in a recent article published by The New York Times.

Rimm said if you want to indulge, portion control is the key. He said the ideal number of fries you should have is six.

He told The Times, “There aren’t a lot of people who are sending back three-quarters of an order of French fries. I think it would be nice if your meal came with a side salad and six French fries.”

If you do choose to get fries, other medical experts recommend sharing the order.

A 2017 study showed people who consumed fried potatoes two to three times a week had an increased risk of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.