EXPERT: Eat More Than 6 French Fries and Risk Your Life

BRISTOL, ENGLAND - JANUARY 07: French fries from a fast food outlet is seen on January 7, 2013 in Bristol, England. A government-backed TV advert - made by Aardman, the creators of Wallace and Gromit - to promote healthy eating in England, is to be shown for the first time later today. England has one of the highest rates of obesity in Europe - costing the NHS 5 billion GDP each year - with currently over 60 percent of adults and a third of 10 and 11 year olds thought to be overweight or obese. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

Nobody needs an expert to tell us that French fries are unhealthy, but professor Eric Rimm at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health is trying to ruin them for us anyway. There really is no healthy amount to be had, according to Rimm, who calls fries a “starch bomb.” But — if you must —he suggests just six.

In spite of researchers’ concerns for public health, folks on Twitter are having a hard time wrapping their heads — and stomachs — around the strict recommendation. “Nobody in human history has stopped at six French fries,” says one user. Others simply won’t have it: “I don’t need this kind of negativity in my life. #GiveMeAllTheFries.” One restaurant employee expressed concern over the potential customer backlash, saying, “As a server, I can guarantee there’d be violence if we changed our serving size to 6 fries.”

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