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Frying, is it really bad for you?

post #1 of 19
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Does anyone know, if frying, really, is bad for your health, or are there any food kinds that are ok to be fried?

Can I always replace frying by cooking or baking? Is baking in olive oil actually just a way of frying the food?
Thanks! b2pcoil

post #2 of 19
Yes, yes, yes and yes. Kindof.

Look up saturated fat. Basically fat is in teo forms, vegetable fet, and animal fat.

General advice:
"Everythin in moderation, even moderation."
-wilde

Apparantly animal fat will kill you a lot faster.

Thats why you always see; use duck fat or wrap in bacon etc...

Now lately I've been interested if frying with olive oil is really that bad. 325-400 smoke point the books say but when I pan fry I never actually see smoke..... I bake with olive oil ad well...... Still on the fence with that one. Will need to do more research.
post #3 of 19

Any one who eats a piece of fried chicken dies within hours of doing so. Or they live long and happy lives, I have trouble remembering.

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post #4 of 19
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Nice one! I guess, what you just wanted to say was: if you eat fried chicken for a hundred years, there's a good chance you'll live long...
post #5 of 19
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or, if you eat fried chicken for a hundred years, eventually, you will die...
b2pcoil.
post #6 of 19

It is not the fat you have to worry about, it is dihydrogen monoxide. It is included in every food you ingest and has proven to be inevitably fatal.

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It is not the fat you have to worry about, it is dihydrogen monoxide. It is included in every food you ingest and has proven to be inevitably fatal.

 

dihydrogen monoxide (AKA: H2O or water)

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post #8 of 19

For a serious answer, yes, in general lower fat cooking methods can be healthier than frying. But frying is tastier!

And olive oil is healthier than, say, shortening. And margarine isn't healthy at all :-)

 

I often use lard and butter, but the steak I posted yesterday was fried in olive oil. There has been some research recently that is claiming that high fat diets are not as bad for us as previously thought. I'll see if I can dig up some references.

 

mjb.

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post #9 of 19
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post #10 of 19
Maybe its the cholesterol we should be worried about in fatty foods.

Some dieticians recommend margarine ( low fat versions)over butter but this is going to be debated until the end of time.

Again; Everything in moderation. Even moderation.- Wilde

Searing steak in olive oil may have more problems than benefits because the smoke point is slightly lower than other oils.
post #11 of 19

Is milk bad for you? Is coffee bad for you? How about potato chips, Big Macs, Popcorn?Chocolate candy bars, Green peppers.

 

Anything and everything is bad for you ,if done in excess.

    If we worry to much about all of these things, we would probably die from stress.

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post #12 of 19
Im imagining right now that many people are dieing yes, in fact, from stress, combined with high cholesterol, blood pressure and bad food choices, including too much fried foods.

More food is likely fried daily than all other methods combined. Ever worked fast food? Chinese? So called up-scale? Its mostly junk were putting in the trough.

The next generation is expected to die younger then the last. And we joke, and kid and have a great laugh that in some way green pepper can be bad for you. Yeah, a green pepper can be bad for your health. Deep fry it.

( fried shishito pepper anyone muahah)

The second syllable says it all.

oh wait not so fast!!!!!! Fried peppers dont have the proper " flavor profile" for the jackass at the bar.

Drench it in salt so the smokers at the bar( drinking sugar infused alcoholic coctails of the day) can taste it. Make sure to overcharge not just the stirred drink, but the peppers too so the weirdo with the beard worth more than their brains thinks they are at the "right" place tonight.

What they call it " steam punks" are going to die young.

But don't worry we have a puffer to sell you for that, whys that, cause they cant breathe, cause they fat; steroids anyone?

They'll all probably live forever, vampire obsessed society that we are.
End rant.
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Sell me some water.
post #13 of 19
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Originally Posted by chefedb View Post

Is milk bad for you? Is coffee bad for you? How about potato chips, Big Macs, Popcorn?Chocolate candy bars, Green peppers.

Anything and everything is bad for you ,if done in excess.
    If we worry to much about all of these things, we would probably die from stress.
Yes.
Probably. But In in denial.
Yes.
Yes.
Yes. If I put what I like on it.
Yes.
NO. I stand behind the green peppers.
post #14 of 19

I think that you have to consider the amount of fat that may be present in the fried food. For instance, Alton Brown did some tests with fried turkeys where he measured the oil prior to frying and after frying. I think his results were something like 2 tablespoons remained with the bird, which is miniscule. A lot of this science is still being evaluated too. It used to be thought that nomadic early humans would have been very fit because of their physical exercise and lack of saturated fats and cholesterol, yet recently they determined that even these early humans suffered from arterial plaque. Your genetics probably ultimately play a bigger role.

post #15 of 19

When I'm in a hurry and very busy, I often resort to frying. For me, frying food, even deep frying isn't unhealthy if done correctly. All that bubbling and hissing is the water in your food boiling out creating a barrier between your food and the oil. You're in trouble if the bubbling stops, then you're just soaking up oil. Just a tip: Do not drain your food on paper towels. All that happens is that the towels absorb the oil and your food is sitting on oil soaked paper. Use a rack, towels under that.

post #16 of 19
No way, it's totally good for the soul. I advocate the renegade idea of frying everything, fairs are kind of a mecha for me. Everything's best out of the fryer. I'll deep fry moderation and get second portions!
post #17 of 19

Really interesting timing. An article (The Questionable Link Between Saturated Fat and Heart Disease) posted in the Wall Street Journal in May (around the time a long term study showed that saturated fats are not bad for our hearts) has a lot of really good information on this topic. Some things of note

 

Quote:
 The reality is that fat doesn't make you fat or diabetic. Scientific investigations going back to the 1950s suggest that actually, carbs do.

 

And something a little more surprising..

Quote:
Butter and lard had long been staples of the American pantry until Crisco, introduced in 1911, became the first vegetable-based fat to win wide acceptance in U.S. kitchens. Then came margarines made from vegetable oil and then just plain vegetable oil in bottles. All of these got a boost from the American Heart Association—which Procter & Gamble, the maker of Crisco oil, coincidentally helped launch as a national organization.

 

Imagine that! A company with significant investment in shifting us away from animal based lard/fat helped fund an organization that recommended for a healthy heart that we switch to vegetable based fats!

post #18 of 19

But...

If you are frying at the correct temperature, isn't it that how you avoid the "greezy food" syndrome 

But...

Everything in moderation, I agree

We've started keeping a food diary, that way there's no disagreement... "didn't we have fried chicken yesterday?"

But...

DH doesn't like butter, mayo, sour cream, cream cheese, cream based salad dressings, so it's Olive Oil which is suppose to be healthier for you ... 

post #19 of 19

I would say everything in moderation. Living in the south, it's hard to deny oneself the pleasure of fried food. Even the gas stations make excellent fried chicken and fried pork sandwiches. Would I eat fried food every day? No. Have I? Yes, but trust me, your belly will let you know when you've had enough. The older I get, the less greasy food I can take, sadly.

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