- Air fryer holds promise in giving you that appealing taste and look of a fried food sans the danger of consuming as much fats and calories
- One research has found that air frying reduces the amount of the toxic chemical acrylamide in fried potatoes by 90 percent
- Air frying, however, reduces the beneficial omega-3 fatty acids in fish
Food cooked in oil such as french fries and fried chicken taste good, but eating them comes at a cost. Research has shown that the oils used for frying food can cause a range of health problems.
A relatively new kitchen appliance, however, holds promise in giving you that appealing taste and look of a fried food sans the danger of consuming as much fats and calories, and you may actually be planning on buying or already have one in your kitchen: air fryer.
Can air frying your food really make them healthier?
Compared with frying food in oil, air frying food is healthier in that it reduces the calories and fat in the food.
“Fats and oils are more calorie dense than protein or carbs, so calories can add up quickly when frying foods,” said Ali Webster, a registered dietitian at International Food Information Council Foundation. “Traditionally, fried foods are also often coated in some kind of batter prior to being dropped in the oil, which ticks up the calorie count even higher.”
Air frying may likewise reduce some of the other harmful effects of oil frying. Frying starchy foods like potatoes produces a chemical known as acrylamide, which has been associated with increased risk for cancer. One research has found that air frying reduces the amount of acrylamide in fried potatoes by 90 percent.
Unfortunately, air frying also comes with unwanted health risks. In one study, researchers found that air frying fish increases the amount of cholesterol oxidation products, or COPs, which form when the cholesterol in meat or fish breaks down during cooking. Research has linked these substances to h
eart conditions and other ailments.
Researchers, however, found that when you add fresh parsley or chives when you air fry fish, you actually get to lower the amount of COPs produced during the cooking process. The herbs act as antioxidants that reduce the harmful substance in air-fried foods.
Air frying also reduces the omega-3 fatty acids in fish, which are supposed to help raise good cholesterol levels in the body and protect heart health.