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French Fries and Diet

A study says Americans are eating almost 20% more vegetables than they did a quarter-century ago, but many of the veggies aren’t green or leafy – they’re deep-fried fries.

Twenty-five percent of the vegetables consumed by Americans are french fries, according to Susan M. Krebs-Smith, author of a study in today’s edition of the journal Cancer.

The study said Americans had improved their diets since the early 1970s but needed to eat even better to help reduce their cancer risk.

Krebs-Smith, a research nutritionist with the National Cancer Institute, said the explosion of fast-food joints made potatoes – especially in the form of french fries – the vegetable people eat most. Half of all servings of vegetables Americans eat are potatoes, and half of those are french fries.

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