Yes, you heard it right. You can turn your deep-fried food into healthy one. Here is how? Of all the cooking techniques deep-frying is considered most unhealthy way of cooking. But still it’s hard to give up on it because tempting mouth-watering deep-fried snacks like French fries, pure channe, pranthas etc never let you leave them. It’s with everyone that their favorite meal is naturally unhealthy. Including vegetables, dairy products and carbohydrates to your food can help you maintain good health. It’s not that you have to omit it from your diet schedule but consuming in minimum quantity and less often can help. Fried food contains more of calories and fat content like baked chips contain 220 calories and 1 gram of fat but when same potato is converted to friend French fries it contains 700 calories and 34 gram of fat.
Reasons why are fried food considered unhealthy?
- Fried food is high in fat and calories content.
- Fried food robs of all healthy nutrients from food.
- Some serious health problems like acid flux and heartburn.
- Danger of Trans fat that causes serious heart problems.
So you have to follow these steps for better healthier food:
COOK IT YOURSELF
Want to have your favorite fried meal? Instead of buying it from outside; one must opt for cooking at home. As you cook yourself, you can include all good ingredients and use good quality oil at home. Many restaurants fill their fryers with partially hydrogenated oil as a cost saving measure. Cooks can reheat and reuse partially hydrogenated oil many times, meaning they can fry more food with less oil. But, partially hydrogenated oil contains trans fats, and consumption of trans fats could lead to heart disease.
USE GOOD QUALITY OIL
Quality of fried food depends a lot on oil you fry your food in. Many oils are available in market like refined oil, mustard oil, olive oil, soybean oil and coconut oil etc but one must choose oil based on its smoke point. It is temperature at which, under specific and defined conditions, oil begins to produce a continuous bluish smoke that becomes clearly visible. Higher the smoke point better your oil is for cooking.
FRYING AT CORRECT TEMPERATURE
One thing you have to take care while frying is that there is an always correct temperature for frying your food. Either too hot or cold can cause problems. When food is fried in cold oil that leads to soaking of excess oil and make it even greasier. And when too hot, it starts to break down and add more harmful effect to your food.
TRY NEW ALTERNATIVES TECHNIQUES
Deep frying is not only method of making delicious food. One needs to try new alternatives to deep-frying like
- Oven baking
DON’T OVERUSE OIL
Frying repetitively in same oil can harm your health. One must use fresh oil for frying because heating again and again can lead oil to break down and releases free radicals in your food. You can reuse oil maximum up to 3 times. Frying may cost you high but your health is your priority and for your health this cost is worth paying.