It’s a fact that you can turn the most unexciting food into a delicious treat by frying it for a few minutes in a cooking oil of your choice. Now, while this may sound like a treat for the tastebuds, it’s definitely not good news for your health and weight loss. French fries, samosas, kachoris, medu vada, poori, pakhoras, these are some of the mouth-watering dishes that are hard to resist because they have spent quality time with your cooking oil, and have come out crispy and delicious, but then these deeply-fried delicacies are not good if you are trying to lose weight because such foods absorb the fat content of oil, and take up the calorie count by several notches. Also, it’s not a good idea to continue indulging in deeply-fried foods when you go extra mile to include gluten-free products in your diet to shed extra pounds. In this post, we find out exactly why are fried foods bad for weight loss.
1. Deep Frying Alters the Chemical Structure of Oil: For deep frying, the cooking oil has to be heated to a high temperature, the chemical structure of oil gets broken, making them extremely unhealthy because they raise inflammation in the body, directly affecting weight gain. Read “Why Inflammation Might be the Reason you are Not Losing Weight” in this post.
2. Certain commercially available vegetable oils have transfat content that increases manifold when heated to high temperatures. Transfat is artificially made from vegetable oils by a process called hydrogenation where hydrogen molecules are added to the oil. This is done to increase the shelf life of the oil, to solidy the oil, and make it more appetizing and suitable for frying. Also, transfat tends to add taste to the oil, but this process is extremely harmful because it raises the level of LDL (bad cholesterol), increasing the risk of type 2 diabetes, stroke, and heart disease. Transfat is complete no-no for people who want to lose weight, especially tummy fat because studies have revealed that transfat can actually move fat from other areas of the body to the belly area!
But can we give up on crispy pooris or pakodas, nope, not at all! Instead of eating such deeply-fried food on a regular basis, make it a cheat meal or as an occasional indulgence. Also, make it a point to pick healthy oils for cooking, especially deep frying because vegetable and seed oils can increase the risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke by a great degree. Also, during deep frying, the chemical bonds in oils break up and release free radicals, damaging body cells. Find out what kind of oils can be used for deep frying on the Rati Beauty weight loss app.
Summing up, deep frying is extremely bad for weight loss because it raises the transfat and calorie content that seeps into the food through the oil it is fried in. In comparison, air frying is better than deep frying, so throw away the deep fryer and switch to air fryer instead.