Researchers examined the women's total consumption of fried chicken, fried fish/shellfish and other fried foods.
They found that regularly eating fried foods increased the risk of death from any cause, specifically heart-related reasons. Women who ate one or more servings of fried food a day had an 8 percent higher risk compared to those who ate no fried food.
The greatest increase was seen in the consumption of fried chicken. One or more servings a day was associated with a 13 percent higher risk of death from any cause, and a 12 percent higher risk of heart-related death.
Think fish is better? Somewhat, but not by much. One or more servings of fish/shellfish each day raised the risk by 7 percent for death by any cause and 13 percent for heart-related death.
The researchers found no link between fried foods and cancer-related deaths, however.
"Reducing the consumption of fried foods, especially fried chicken and fried fish/shellfish, could have a clinically meaningful effect across the public health spectrum," the study concludes.