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May 8, 2012 04:44 PM

What about frying is unhealthy?

I'm trying to understand what makes fried foods unhealthy. I imagine all the extra oil that goes into french fries and pork katsu and fried ice cream is the main factor, but is there anything about the frying process that converts/creates any unhealthy chemicals?

I'm wondering specifically about

1) Oven "frying". If I am broiling skin-on chicken thighs, does that mean that if anything I am being healthier because the broiling process is allowing the fat to escape from the skin?

2) Making pork/chicken skin cracklings. Since I am essentially frying all the oil out of the skin, does that make it healthier than eating the skin made through some other cooking process (steaming, stir fry)?

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    1. Properly fried food absorb an amazing small amount (contrary to popular belief) of cooking oil.

      I don't think I'm the best person to answer your question, though, as I do not believe in bad foods, only bad food habits.

      1. Fried food is only truly unhealthy if that's all you eat.
        I agree with 1POINT21GW ...the poor eating habits and the 'American culture' (there's an oxymoron for you) that feeds those habits are far more unhealthy than the ever changing list of "demon foods" that always get blamed.

        1. IMO, anything taken in excess can be unhealthy. Most things (including fried foods) taken in moderation are not. That would not make a french fry healthier than a carrot, but using common sense has always been the guiding light for food choices in my life and I'm old enough to have done it all; several times over.

          1. Here is a link to an abstract from a Spanish study on the subject of fried food as a contributor to coronary heart disease:


            I'll be eating calamari fritti with no worries.