CAMBRIDGE (CBS) — A Harvard University professor’s comments about French fries have the internet outraged.

A recent New York Times article headlined “You Don’t Want Fries With That” details the health risks of eating too many potatoes. A 2017 study cited by the article concluded that “the frequent consumption of fried potatoes appears to be associated with an increased mortality risk.”

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Harvard’s Eric Rimm calls them “starch bombs” and suggested everyone cut down.

“I think it would be nice if your meal came with a side salad and six French fries,” Rimm is quoted as saying.

Unsurprisingly, Twitter got a little “salty” over this suggestion.

Rimm has responded to the backlash on Twitter saying that he’s only suggesting that restaurants offer a small portion size for those who just want a taste of fries.

In search of a somewhat healthier but still tasty alternative? The Times suggests homemade baked fries, home fries that still have their skin on and sweet potato fries.

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