This is one of the top things that doctors tell people to avoid. Fried foods are detrimental to your health, depending on what you fry them in. So let’s talk about oils.
Vegetable Oils – (canola, safflower, sunflower, peanut, etc.) genetically modified, contain hexane and involve the process of bleaching, degumming, deodorizing, and caustic refining at high temperatures. Not to mention, they’re tested on animals. These oils did not exist before the 1900s and now, 79 lbs are consumed each year per person. You can find more information here.
Coconut Oil – It’s been around forever and has been used as a remedy for many ailments. Just a few reasons it’s good: supports thyroid and hormonal balance, boosts energy, improves digestion and nutrient absorption, amongst other things. To see the full list, click here.
Olive Oil – effective against cancer, heart disease, oxidative stress and blood pressure, to name a few. It reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes and may help prevent stroke. To see more info on why it’s good, click here.
So those are some of the oils that are used to fry things. Regardless of the oil, you should not fry anything due to that taking in more than the serving suggestion amount of the oil. Now let’s talk about why you should not fry your foods.
- Increases your fat and calorie intake. Aside from whatever you are frying, take in to account how much fat and calories per serving are in the oil. Not only that, consider how much oil you are using. It is best to bake your food (potatoes, asparagus, etc.) using the recommended amount of oil to coat them.
- Depending on what you are frying, you increase your chances of obesity, stroke and cancer. Despite the fact that coconut and olive oils reduce these risks, it all depends on how you use them and what foods you fry them with. Clearly we are talking about frying meat and potatoes. Potatoes are high in starches and adding oils to them does not make it any better. Frying meats, which are already high in all sorts of fat and calories, that’s just asking to die.
- Wendy’s large French fries (420 calories, 20g fat) vs. large baked potato (278 calories, 0.4g fat)
- PF Chang’s Kung Pao Chicken (1228 calories, 79g fat) vs. Ginger Chicken with Broccoli (656 calories, 26g fat)
- KFC Original thigh & drumstick (460 calories, 32g fat) vs. Boston Market thigh & drumstick (300 calories, 17g fat)
You should really just avoid fried foods altogether. They do not make for a healthy body or mind. If you want French fries, buy some potatoes, cut them up, drizzle some oil and pink Himalayan sea salt on them and bake them. As for meats, well, avoid meats altogether and to find out why, click here.
I know fried foods are tempting, hell I love fried foods. I may eat them once or twice every month or two. They are okay in severe moderation, but it’s best to avoid them altogether if you can.