Yes, National French Fries Day is apparently a thing. Today, we are breaking down headlines about French fries and giving you our Plantable-Approved French “fries” recipe.
Have Some Fries with That?
Have you seen the headlines that you should be avoiding French fries? We'll break it down for you. Heating starchy foods, like potatoes and bread, at high temperatures produces a substance called acrylamide. Animal studies have linked consumption of high dosesof acrylamide to increased cancer risk. Human studies, however, have failed to find such a link. Dr. David Spiegelhalter of the University of Cambridge took a deep dive into the research and concluded that even those who have the highest acrylamide consumption could consume 160 times as much acrylamide in their diets and still have a level unlikely to cause increased tumors in mice! So, the alarming headlines may be overblown (surprise, surprise).
In general, avoiding food fried in low quality oil supports optimal health. And, with recipes like the one below, you can safely enjoy French fries and even a side of Plantable-approved homemade ketchup.
SWEET POTATO FRIES Adapted from Mark Bittman for the New York Times Serves: 6