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Is frying food unhealthy?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 16, 2012 at 9:47 PM

If fat is not unhealthy then surely frying your food is not unhealthy either? Can't get the CW out of my head, I feel like everything I eat these days is fried and that it's bad for me

194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

(3979)

on October 10, 2012
at 02:15 AM

I'll bet they had big, flat rocks to fry on.

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

(11577)

on October 09, 2012
at 06:13 PM

Even though there's no pans in caves, it is still paleo, it is just less paleo? There must have been a faster way to say that.

1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

(10904)

on October 09, 2012
at 04:36 PM

yes. gives all ur bacon to me.

03a4ec34751186201a56da298ac843ce

(4100)

on June 24, 2012
at 04:39 AM

OH, I thought we were talking about deep frying.

7f8bc7ce5c34aae50408d31812c839b0

(2698)

on June 19, 2012
at 02:30 PM

Found lots of info on AGE's at the hyperlipid blog http://high-fat-nutrition.blogspot.com/

F31d10b54b31428e189d9b771bf7b1d1

(1439)

on June 18, 2012
at 04:30 PM

The frying process, because it alters the chemistry of the food more than most cooking, is less paleo than some other forms of cooking.

7f8bc7ce5c34aae50408d31812c839b0

(2698)

on June 17, 2012
at 05:20 PM

True, I suppose. But on the other hand they may have spit roasted with hot fat running over the surface of the meat. Frying without the pan?

7f8bc7ce5c34aae50408d31812c839b0

(2698)

on June 17, 2012
at 01:34 PM

I think the AGE and other chemical issues with cooking are relatively new discoveries. I'm not sure science has really determined whether or not these things pose a significant risk to a large number of people. For me these issues aren't proven enough to change the way I cook. I still fry and grill.

Bb3d1772b28c02da2426e40dfcb533f5

(5381)

on June 17, 2012
at 12:45 PM

^ pork is largely grain fed, and its omega 6 level is really quite high. Because of this, I dont think bacon grease would be much healthier than vege oil in terms of o-6. Coconut oil a very high smoke point, and you can get it deflavoured. Thats what I use anyway...

7cf9f5b08a41ecf2a2d2bc0b31ea6fa0

(4176)

on June 17, 2012
at 10:14 AM

how do you cook your food then? over a fire in the garden?

091423a30c0188fbff51e39397e7e056

(384)

on June 17, 2012
at 07:54 AM

Paleohacks also is not Paleo since our ancestors did not have the Internet.

19acef0aed67ef8dc1118d8e74edb349

(2954)

on June 17, 2012
at 03:14 AM

Well if you're using oil, you're just asking for it...! Use tallow or lard... bacon grease is the most flavorful though, get it from a good source not to worry about preservatives.

Bb3d1772b28c02da2426e40dfcb533f5

(5381)

on June 17, 2012
at 03:14 AM

Re: AGEs, HCAs and nitrosamines - Surely food cooked directly over the fire would have reached fairly high temps at time? Weve been doing that for a fair while, so surely it cant be that dangerous or it would have created a selection pressure..? Or is that oversimplified?

194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

(3979)

on June 17, 2012
at 01:07 AM

I thought frying oil oxidized it and created free radicals...

7f8bc7ce5c34aae50408d31812c839b0

(2698)

on June 17, 2012
at 12:27 AM

@Mscott - Good point. All issues to consider. Best to keep frying temps as low as possible.

A2c38be4c54c91a15071f82f14cac0b3

(12672)

on June 16, 2012
at 11:32 PM

AGE's, which I agree don't appear that perilous when consumed, aren't really the only concern (other than lipid peroxidation). HCA's, acyrlamide, and nitrosamines are (I believe) valid concerns when frying food.

Cbf014e1272e1c092e774c70e78b7890

(300)

on June 16, 2012
at 11:19 PM

SAD frying usually involves breading as well, so that is also part of the stigma. But when frying, Scottts got it right, it is also important to be aware of the smoke point of the oil you are using, as well as to be conscious not to keep the oil at high heat for tooo long.

7f8bc7ce5c34aae50408d31812c839b0

(2698)

on June 16, 2012
at 10:22 PM

Advanced Glycation Endproducts. I don't have cites off the top of my head sorry. It's a pretty common topic on paleo and diet blogs.

2fd566cefde2de38e75e1bc13a966e16

(662)

on June 16, 2012
at 10:20 PM

AGE is advanced glycation endproduct. It basically means when proteins and other things in your food are reacting with fructose/glucose. By this logic fried sweet/sugary foods could be worse than sausage, for example.

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

(11048)

on June 16, 2012
at 10:19 PM

Frying has to be better than microwaving, hands down!

7cf9f5b08a41ecf2a2d2bc0b31ea6fa0

(4176)

on June 16, 2012
at 10:13 PM

What does age stand for?

782d92f4127823bdfb2ddfcbcf961d0e

(5231)

on June 16, 2012
at 10:00 PM

I worry about this every time I fry up my chicken sausages for breakfast. But they taste better that way than zapped. Do you have studies that you can cite?

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7f8bc7ce5c34aae50408d31812c839b0

(2698)

on June 16, 2012
at 09:54 PM

As long as you don't exceed the temperature capability of the fat you using, I don't see a problem with frying. Some folks think high temp cooking of protein causes AGEs but the evidence that ingesting AGE leads to higher levels of AGE in your body is nebulous at best.

7f8bc7ce5c34aae50408d31812c839b0

(2698)

on June 17, 2012
at 12:27 AM

@Mscott - Good point. All issues to consider. Best to keep frying temps as low as possible.

7cf9f5b08a41ecf2a2d2bc0b31ea6fa0

(4176)

on June 16, 2012
at 10:13 PM

What does age stand for?

7f8bc7ce5c34aae50408d31812c839b0

(2698)

on June 17, 2012
at 01:34 PM

I think the AGE and other chemical issues with cooking are relatively new discoveries. I'm not sure science has really determined whether or not these things pose a significant risk to a large number of people. For me these issues aren't proven enough to change the way I cook. I still fry and grill.

2fd566cefde2de38e75e1bc13a966e16

(662)

on June 16, 2012
at 10:20 PM

AGE is advanced glycation endproduct. It basically means when proteins and other things in your food are reacting with fructose/glucose. By this logic fried sweet/sugary foods could be worse than sausage, for example.

782d92f4127823bdfb2ddfcbcf961d0e

(5231)

on June 16, 2012
at 10:00 PM

I worry about this every time I fry up my chicken sausages for breakfast. But they taste better that way than zapped. Do you have studies that you can cite?

Bb3d1772b28c02da2426e40dfcb533f5

(5381)

on June 17, 2012
at 03:14 AM

Re: AGEs, HCAs and nitrosamines - Surely food cooked directly over the fire would have reached fairly high temps at time? Weve been doing that for a fair while, so surely it cant be that dangerous or it would have created a selection pressure..? Or is that oversimplified?

7f8bc7ce5c34aae50408d31812c839b0

(2698)

on June 16, 2012
at 10:22 PM

Advanced Glycation Endproducts. I don't have cites off the top of my head sorry. It's a pretty common topic on paleo and diet blogs.

A2c38be4c54c91a15071f82f14cac0b3

(12672)

on June 16, 2012
at 11:32 PM

AGE's, which I agree don't appear that perilous when consumed, aren't really the only concern (other than lipid peroxidation). HCA's, acyrlamide, and nitrosamines are (I believe) valid concerns when frying food.

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

(11048)

on June 16, 2012
at 10:19 PM

Frying has to be better than microwaving, hands down!

194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

(3979)

on June 17, 2012
at 01:07 AM

I thought frying oil oxidized it and created free radicals...

7f8bc7ce5c34aae50408d31812c839b0

(2698)

on June 19, 2012
at 02:30 PM

Found lots of info on AGE's at the hyperlipid blog http://high-fat-nutrition.blogspot.com/

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77fcbf8bece61c60e3ff430d4bb5de66

(383)

on June 17, 2012
at 10:29 AM

Frying food is fine provided you use an appropriate oil, i use coconut oil when frying as it a healthy oil and is ideal for frying with.

0
Adb249ff0b1447d86ed308d0265e2b86

on October 09, 2012
at 05:31 PM

I fry my lamb's mince and beef mince in their own oils. I do make a point of keeping the temperature down.

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F31d10b54b31428e189d9b771bf7b1d1

on June 17, 2012
at 05:24 AM

Did the folks 25,000 years ago have frying pans?

7cf9f5b08a41ecf2a2d2bc0b31ea6fa0

(4176)

on June 17, 2012
at 10:14 AM

how do you cook your food then? over a fire in the garden?

091423a30c0188fbff51e39397e7e056

(384)

on June 17, 2012
at 07:54 AM

Paleohacks also is not Paleo since our ancestors did not have the Internet.

F31d10b54b31428e189d9b771bf7b1d1

(1439)

on June 18, 2012
at 04:30 PM

The frying process, because it alters the chemistry of the food more than most cooking, is less paleo than some other forms of cooking.

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

(11577)

on October 09, 2012
at 06:13 PM

Even though there's no pans in caves, it is still paleo, it is just less paleo? There must have been a faster way to say that.

194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

(3979)

on October 10, 2012
at 02:15 AM

I'll bet they had big, flat rocks to fry on.

0
03a4ec34751186201a56da298ac843ce

on June 17, 2012
at 02:50 AM

Well, it terms of being on a Paleo diet, our ancestors never ate fried food, right, so how can it be Paleo? That said, I love fried foods!

7f8bc7ce5c34aae50408d31812c839b0

(2698)

on June 17, 2012
at 05:20 PM

True, I suppose. But on the other hand they may have spit roasted with hot fat running over the surface of the meat. Frying without the pan?

03a4ec34751186201a56da298ac843ce

(4100)

on June 24, 2012
at 04:39 AM

OH, I thought we were talking about deep frying.

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5ca3c9c478898aa54d04d5e49e671dcc

on February 28, 2013
at 10:19 PM

Given that building fires required time and resources (wood), my guess is that our ancient ancestors didn't even cook food unless necessary for (learned) health reasons.

Frying in fat/oil/breading? No.

Frying against a hot surface? Probably not.

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953ae3d3e155d8c7dbbb7713e5f492d3

on October 09, 2012
at 03:36 PM

Good post. Frying seems like an unhealthy option even though it really does make food delicious and tasty! Thanks for the post.

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