With people growing more conscious every day about their diet there are some sort of foods and cooking methods which are being put on the spot light for being unhealthy and yet highly popular. Fast food is a great example, and big brand such as McDonalls or Burger King have disclosed a whole lot about their recipes lately in order to try and clear their image and meet the food quality standards that new generations are looking for.
Fried food is another big category which is being strongly questioned, as an excessive consumption of fried products is known to increase the risk of cardiovascular diseases, hypertension, diabetes cancer and obesity.
This shift in mentality towards a healthier diet is what has been pushing leader brands in kitchen gadgets to invest in research and come up with new ways to cook our food. Because tastier food just isn’t enough anymore, we now also want it to be healthier.
One of the most promising cooking gadgets that has come out in the past few years to fulfill this need is without a doubt the oil less fryer, which can deliver fried food containing up to 80% less oil than traditional deep fried food!
The invention of the oil less fryer is ground breaking because it promises a healthier diet without actually having to change your diet habits. Fried food is a big part of cooking in many different places, from Japanese tempura to American chicken wings, fried food is a part of many cultures and there for it was going to be incredibly difficult to remove from our dining tables, even when we know it was bad for our health. Now that might not be necessary any more since oil less fryers offers us the option to keep cooking our traditional recipes with the same great taste and texture but only a fraction of the ingredients that aren’t good four our bodies.
How is an Air Fryer healthy?
You might be asking yourself, why are air fried foods healthier than traditional deep fried food?
Well there are a lot of studies that show how ingesting too much vegetable oils can be harmful for us, and deep fried foods are one of the main sources of vegetable oils in our diet, which makes fried food potentially harmful for our health.
Hot air fryers, or oil less fryers as we call them, can achieve the same fried food taste and texture with only a fraction of the oil that traditional deep frying requires, and they do this in two ways.
First the hot air moving at very high speeds will crisp the outside of your food achieving that crispiness that fried food is known for. But not only that. This same hot air will also pulls the little oil required away from the food and deposits it at the bottom of the frying pan. So not only does the food go in with a fraction of the oil you would need for deep frying but also much of that oil is removed from your food while it is cooked in the hot air fryer.
The result is the same taste and texture of the delicious traditionally deep fried food without the extra calories and fats that can be potentially harmful.
Oil less fryer beats traditional frying… in everything!
Now we sure don’t want to take the manufacturer’s word for it. We already know they’ve put their marketing dollars to work into convincing us their new machine is the very best and can do anything we want. So let’s take a look at an independent study conducted by Shaker, M. Arafat and published by the Journal of Food and Nutrition Sciences.
The study, conducted under the strictest scientific procedures, was meant to determinate two things:
- Whether food cooked with an oil less fryer was healthier than food that was traditionally fried and
- Whether people could tell the difference between food that was cooked one way or the other.
The experiment was done with French fries and 20 test subjects. The results are simply astonishing, the oil less fried French fries beat traditional french fries in healthiness and also in 7 out of the 8 subjective aspects they were tested for!
First the study determined that French fries made with the oil less fryer had absolved considerably less oil than the ones that had been traditionally fried. No surprise so far.
“The present results that the oil uptake was lower under air-frying confirming that this technique can be considered as a healthy one” – Shaker, M. Arafat
Next the study asked 20 volunteers to evaluate the two types of French fries based on 8 different criteria: Taste, Appearance, Color, Smell, Crispiness, Hardness, Oiliness and Overall acceptance.
The results which are represented in the table below speak for themselves. Oil less fired French fries beat traditional French fries in taste, color, smell, crispiness, hardness, oiliness and overall acceptance, and were only surpassed by a very tight margin in appearance.
After looking at the results from this study it’s clear that oil free frying it’s not only healthier than traditional deep frying, but it will also make for some delicious food which will look, smell, feel and taste just as good as the fried food you’ve been having so far, if not better!