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Is Cooking With an Air Fryer as Healthy as You Think?

An air fryer is a device that employs the use of what is referred to as, the convection mechanism, to circulate hot air around the food, hence cooking the food, but is cooking with an air fryer as healthy as you think?

By Kamaldeep ChandelPublished 5 years ago 4 min read
Cooking with Air Fryer is Really Healthy

In these days an Air Fryer is popularly used to prepare food and snacks such as meat, pastries, and French fries. Air fryers have been widely touted as being very healthy. This article examines the validity of this claim.

As per airfryermarket, Air fryers use less fat than a majority of other methods, including conventional deep fryers. This is one reason why air fryers are a healthier alternative to deep fryers. Diets that are rich in fat increase the risk of cancers, hypertension, and heart disease, and most physicians and nutritionists recommend decreasing fat intake. People who take less fat are less likely to suffer from cardiovascular diseases.

Deep fried foods are also rich in calories, which are units of energy. Therefore, if you want to reduce your caloric intake as directed by your doctor, or if you want to lose weight, it would be wise to substitute other frying methods with air fryers. This is because air-fried foods contain lower contents of fats and calories. Nowadays, gyms and other areas where people work out are riddled with people who are raring to burn calories. Consumption of food with low caloric content will therefore augur well with most people.

Frying foods leads to the formation of compounds that are potentially harmful to the body. An example is the formation of compounds that are known as acrylamides. These sets of compounds are carcinogenic. Consumption of carcinogenic compounds poses increased health risk of contracting various cancers, including kidney cancer and stomach cancer. It has been found that foods that have been air-fried only contain about ten percent of the acrylamide content in foods fried using alternative methods. Examples of other compounds that are hazardous for human health that are produced in high-heat cooking include certain polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, and certain heterocyclic amines that potentiate the risk of developing a variety of diseases and disorders.

All the same, air-fried foods, like all other fried foods, pose a significant health challenge when eaten. People who ingest any kind of fried food are at a great risk of coming down with heart failure, diabetes, and high blood pressure, which is also known as hypertension. Even though air-frying is considerably healthier than deep frying, there is a galore of other cooking methods that are actually healthier than air-frying. Experts have therefore recommended that people should cut down on all fried foods, regardless of the nature of frying that the food has undergone, and instead resort to methods such as roasting, baking, and steaming, which add flavor to food without bringing in health risks.

Another downside of air-frying, and indeed all frying methods, is that the heat involved causes thermal degradation of nutrients, and the end product is not as nutritious as it would have been if other cooking methods were employed. For example, it has been proved that the bio-availability of lycopene, an antioxidant that occurs naturally in tomatoes, is considerably reduced when the tomatoes are air-fried. For tomatoes, asparagus, spinach, most vegetables, and several other foods, light cooking is recommended.

Air frying has also been shown to give people the wrong perception that they are practicing healthy dieting, which is really not the case. Air fryers are a major cause of temptation for people to eat unhealthy foods, considering the fact that they are widely applied in the preparation of foods of which your intake should be restricted, for instance meat and processed foods. Some people who have had the misconception that air fryers are healthy have used them extensively, to the detriment of their own health and that of others.

Another side effects and disadvantage of air frying is that it leads to accumulation of free radicals in food, which is later ingested. Free radicals are toxic to the body, and their accumulation may poison tissues and organs. Free radicals also cause illness and aging. Other negative effects that are exerted by free radicals include reducing blood flow to vital organs such as the heart, and the brain, causing blood clots, building up of cholesterol, damaging of the walls of arteries as well as increasing the risk of cancer. Accumulation of free radicals also leads to development of a phenomenon known as oxidative stress. It is therefore recommended that when air frying is inevitable, oils that are hard to oxidize, for example coconut oil should be preferentially used.

In conclusion, air frying is advantageous over other types of frying, but precaution should be taken, because the method is not entirely beneficial.


About the Creator

Kamaldeep Chandel

I am a content writer and writing for different online portals. My niche is food, technology, lifestyle and pet.

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