Fried food is usually the culprit that tips the “healthy” wagon you’re on. It lets you fall off said wagon for a bite of crispy fried tenderness. While we all can understand the appeal of fried food, we feel if you truly understood how bad it is for you, it won’t be so appetizing.
Why is frying bad for you?
First things first, did you know that every tablespoon of oil adds a whopping 120 calories and 14 grams of fat to your food. We’ll give you some time to digest that (pun fully intended).
Deep or shallow frying foods makes whatever you’re cooking much higher in calories than any other cooking method, like baking for instance. This leads to fried food being a contributor to major health problems including diabetes, heart disease, hypertension (high blood pressure) and even some forms of cancer.
The high temperatures when frying food causes the starch in the food to form something called Advanced Glycation End Products (AGE’s). The starches in food and the breading surrounding usually deep fried food reacts with the high temperature required to fry and forms carcinogens. AGE’s have actually been linked to diseases like diabetes. To add salt to injury, (food related pun unintended), the oil itself can oxidize and cause health issues including damage to kidneys, lungs, and heart.
What can you do instead of frying?
It’s really simple. If you’re craving something crispy on the outside and soft and juicy on the inside you can bake it instead. Baking is actually is a lot healthier than frying. Baking needs way less oil and although it takes a bit more time than frying, your body will thank you in the long run.
You can bake your food in one of two methods.
- Oven-fry: This is where you bake foods at a very high temperature (450°F or 232°C). This allows foods to get crispy using little or no oil.
- Air-fry: You can also “fry” foods in a hot air fryer. These machines work by circulating extremely hot air around food. The foods end up crispy on the outside and very moist on the inside, similar to traditionally fried foods, but using 70–80% less oil.
If you want recipes for foods that you didn’t know you could bake, here you go. Now, go do your future self a favor and bake your next meal instead.