You Hear Don’t Eat Deep Fried Food – Well Here’s Why

November 18, 2010 by Matt

So I’m sure you’ve heard the statement, “Don’t eat fried foods. They’re bad for you.” Well after reading a bunch of articles on this and doing lots of additional research the same question kept popping up in the comments section. That question was simply: “Why?”

Fair enough. People’s guilty please and hangover cure leads them like a magnet to friend food indefinitely. But nobody really had a GREAT answer for this that I found. Was it the oil, was it the batter, why is it bad?!

The people want to know!

Ok so lets first start off by saying definitely stay away from fried foods as much as you can. I’m sure you’ve seen over the past 4 years or so people advertise “No-Trans Fats.” Well I’ll touch on that another time but here’s the gist.

When food is deep fried and has trans fats that means they keep reusing the oil that is in the fryer. Yikes. Recycled oil. That should put a a cringe on your face a bit just from hearing that.

Here’s a study I found on what happens nutritionally when we deep-fry our favorite veggie and favorite meat.

A large baked potato (7 ounces) contains about 220 calories and 0.2 gram of fat. That same baked potato turned into French fries contains 697 calories and 34 grams of fat. Wow!

Deep-frying has a similar effect on every other type of food. A roasted chicken breast has approximately 142 calories and three grams of fat. A breaded and fried chicken breast, with skin on, has about 364 calories and 18.5 grams of fat.

Ok so now you’re beginning to see how bad that is. But we still want to know Why right?

Well first off deep frying creates toxins.

Many times while deep frying unrefined oils with low smoke points are used. When you raise them to to their smoke point this causes the production or carcinogens by oxidation. You can reduce this by using refined oils with higher smoke points. Just to clarify a smoke point is different in oils. For instance coconut oil has a low smoke point and peanut oil is very high. This is how hot the temperature gets before you start seeing smoke – thus your smoke point.

Deep frying destroys nutrients.

Deep frying is in essence nutrient destruction. Any time you heat something up you are destroying its natural nutrients, which is why eating fresh fruits and veggies are one of the best things you can eat while dieting. Think fresh and feel fresher.

I guess this post is coming around at a good time since most of you are about to deep fry a turkey. But let’s just say one thing. It’s Thanksgiving go ahead and cheat. My adorable little mother called me the other day and said, “Thanksgiving is coming up and I don’t know what I’m going to do.” She just hit her goal weight and she’s making this meal seem like the grim reaper.

I told her, “Mom, it’s one meal. This meal will not single-handedly make you gain back all your weight. Feel free to eat. Just walk a few extra miles the next day if you feel bad about it.”

It’s one meal. Don’t stress. Just don’t do it consistently. Thanksgiving is my favorite meal of the year and it’s probably yours too. I’m going to have to write another blog for this. And I’ll write a recipe for my mom’s sweet potato casserole because it’s the best I ever had. And the secret recipe isn’t love…(whispers) it’s marshmallows. 😉

Ok let’s refocus here. Where was I? Oh. Deep fried foods are bad that’s right. So just start monitoring how much you are eating. Again, I’m not a stickler. I enjoy fried foods every so often but definitely make sure the restaurant has no trans fats.

When you think of dieting again think in terms of organic. Fresh fruits and fresh veggies will steer you in the right direction and you will literally start seeing weight melt off your body.

It’s the same with whey protein too. Most people think whey protein is all the same but it’s actually not. Some whey protein is heated at higher temperatures and just like deep frying it loses it’s nutrients. This process is called denaturing.

I wrote an article on undenatured whey protein you should definitely read especially if you want to start losing the pounds and getting healthier.

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-Matt Smith