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Who wouldn’t love some crunchy golden-brown colored deep-fried food? But this yummy food comes with a price though. Research shows that fried food and the oils used in it increase the risk of heart diseases, type 2 diabetes, and cancer. Nevertheless, modern-day problems come with modern-day solutions, here we have ‘Air Fryers’ that give us deep-fried food but with lesser fat and calories, unlike the conventional deep-fried oily food. But one might always think if air-fried food is healthy or not.
Air Fryer’s air fried food and their mechanism
An air fryer is a kitchen appliance about the size of a coffee maker that makes deep-fried food crispy on the outside and soft and moist inside suitable mostly for foods like chicken, fish, a few vegetables, potato chips, etc. It typically works by circulating hot air up to 400F around the food. These machines contain a slide-out basket to place the food in them which if wanted can be given a little oil coat and are allowed to fry. The hot air gives that savoring golden-brown color which is similar to deep-fried foods but with lesser fat.
Benefits of air fried food
The huge amount of oil used for deep frying is replaced just with a tablespoon of oil which is on a note very good for health. Acrylamide, a toxic chemical compound that is formed in carbohydrate fried foods is linked to causing cancer. Air fryers reduce this compound content up to 90%. Lesser use of oil leads to lesser calories which aid in weight loss and obesity. On average, the calories are reduced to 70%-80% by this miracle worker. Air fryers comparatively require lesser time for cooking due to their hot air circulation. It is also easy to clean.
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Drawbacks of air fried food
Although this is a pretty good choice for people trying to adopt a healthier lifestyle, there are a few downsides too. The process of high-heat cooking creates some harmful compounds like aldehydes, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, and heterocyclic amines, which are cancer and other disease-causing substances. Being of small size, preparing meals for large numbers is a tedious process.
To sum up, air fryers are a good option much better than the traditional methods for deep frying dishes but not a healthy diet in itself. If used occasionally, along with a mixed diet and different methods of cooking then you can maintain a healthy diet.