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Opinion on fried foods?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 06, 2012 at 5:00 AM

Healthy? Unhealthy? Neutral? I just read this http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/9035809/Fried-food-heart-risk-a-myth.html#disqus_thread and was curious as to whether or not it changes anybody's mind about anything.

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

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on February 07, 2012
at 02:31 AM

We had a commercial deep fryer at my last work, and we fried with lard, but it's definitely the exception. Totally possible to do, you just have to render slow in the oven first. Most places brag about using canola oil, while most non-foodies are appalled that we use lard still!

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on February 06, 2012
at 03:16 PM

My opinion? Tasty! There is evidence that cooking slower at lower heat is healthier (see Stephan Guyenet). Frying is not a low heat process. The question is how bad is it? And can you get away with some fried food now and then without immediately dropping dead? Who knows for sure?

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on February 06, 2012
at 05:33 AM

Oh c'mon, you could at least PRETEND to believe so I could fry up some beef tomorrow. :-))

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on February 06, 2012
at 05:26 AM

The problem is that it's Spain and the people in the grouping with the lowest amount of fried foods were probably still consuming a significant amount. It's like comparing the sort of crappy to the crappy. As much as I LOVE croquettes, I find it hard to believe that this study proves fried foods are safe.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on February 06, 2012
at 05:33 AM

Oh c'mon, you could at least PRETEND to believe so I could fry up some beef tomorrow. :-))

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on February 06, 2012
at 03:05 PM

Didn't realize not everyone fries roots in ghee, tallow or bacon fat.

I still will.

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on February 06, 2012
at 04:07 PM

It depends on the oils.

The deep fryers used in commercial restaurants don't work with vegetable oils (I believe peanut oil is the one exception). If you are eating fried foods from a restaurant, it almost surely has been cooked in hydrogenated vegetable oil--which means it contains tons of trans-fats.

If it's pan fried, the odds are that a restaurant is using canola oil or corn oil--oils that are rancid before they leave the warehouse.

The paleo people have been saying for years that foods fried in natural fats(animal fat, butter, coconut oil, olive oil, etc...) are not a problem.

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

(11577)

on February 07, 2012
at 02:31 AM

We had a commercial deep fryer at my last work, and we fried with lard, but it's definitely the exception. Totally possible to do, you just have to render slow in the oven first. Most places brag about using canola oil, while most non-foodies are appalled that we use lard still!

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on February 06, 2012
at 01:12 PM

Thanks for the article, but for me it changes nothing. I'll continue to fry and plate bacon, sausage and eggs as attractively as in the photo. The dose makes the poison, which varies by individual.

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on February 06, 2012
at 05:21 AM

If you fried foods that were safe in oil that was both safe and had never been used before then it would be a decent splurge on ocassion.

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