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Are Air Fryers Healthy?

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  • Air fryers have captured the interest of people who love the taste of fried food but not all the calories associated with traditional deep frying
  • The chief selling point of an air fryer is the use of hot air and a little oil — instead of multiple cups of oil — to “fry” food quickly and crisply
  • One of the biggest concerns about fried foods has to do with the way certain foods produce a toxic compound called acrylamide, a probable carcinogen, when heated to temperatures above 250 degrees F
  • Eating food in its raw, natural, whole-food state (or as close as possible) is almost always your healthiest option; with respect to cooked foods, blanching, sautéing and steaming are far superior alternatives to frying
  • Other concerns I have related to air fryers include the types of oils used at high heats and the potentially toxic materials, such as BPA and nonstick coatings, sometimes used in the fryer itself

By Dr. Mercola

As you may imagine, I am not a fan of fried food. For that reason, I admit I have not paid much attention to the air fryer craze. Although these gadgets have been around for years, they have skyrocketed in popularity in recent months. Given the traffic on Amazon, Google and Pinterest alone, it’s clear air fryers are capturing the interest of people who love the taste of fried food but not all the calories associated with traditional deep frying.


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