The Nutrition Debate: To Air Fry or Deep Fry?
By Stephen R. Farris
Healthy eating has been a hot topic over the past decade or so, and one of the latest crazes over the past few years is cooking some of these foods that can be beneficial health-wise by using one of the many types of air fryers available on the market.
Chances are you've probably seen them advertised on late night infomercials or on a home shopping channel. But are air fryers really a safe alternative to cooking healthy meals?
What's an Air Fryer?
Many people that are not familiar with these new cooking machines may be wondering, what's an air fryer? Basically, an air fryer allows one to cook foods normally cooked in deep fryers without the use of cooking oil. The air fryer allows heat to all sides of the food you're cooking instead of either just the top or bottom.
Is an Air Fryer a Healthier Choice Versus Deep Frying?
Maybe you enjoy those crispy creations you eat from deep frying them, so the question arises; is an air fryer a healthier choice versus deep frying? Research leans more toward air frying. While most studies are inconclusive, several of them have proved that many foods are healthier to eat by air frying them. However, according to research, it still boils down to the types of foods you choose to cook.
If you cook prepackaged frozen foods that are high-processed, then they're still not a healthy choice. If you choose to cook fresh cuts of meat and raw vegetables -- yes, you can cook raw veggies in an air fryer - then chances are they'll be more healthy for consumption. There are a few exceptions such as fish, where the healthy fats can become less due to the high heat. So when preparing healthy meats (chicken, fish, turkey, etc.) try using herbs and spices that are good for combating inflammation in order to still get most of the health benefits.
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