Fried food is something that we all enjoy with an added guilty pleasure to it. Do we like it? Well, we love to gorge on to deep fried crispy snacks, although we hate to admit it because of the overly hyped clean eating and healthy lifestyle movements happening around us. Nowadays, for most of us, counting calories and discussing weight loss has become second nature and avoiding oily or high-calorie food has become our natural response.
The good news is that healthy deep-fried food is not as bad as it is considered. One way of explaining this is to know how frying really works; when we fry food in hot oil, the moisture inside the food reaches to a boiling temperature and is pushed to the surface by coming in direct contact with the oil. This moisture blocks the over absorption of oil into the food when frying is done in the right way. And, the little amount of oil that coats the surface forms a crispy & tasty golden brown crust.
Oil soaking happens when the food is not fried in the right way, or the recipe is not followed as per the instructions, leaving the food greasy and unhealthy. Oil temperatures play a crucial role in the frying process; If it is too low or high the food fried in those temperatures will make it unhealthy and inedible.
Keep in mind that we’re not talking about the fast-food fried foods which are the root cause of people rejecting the term fried food itself. Such a meal contains an entire day’s worth of calories and sodium, with the added effect of re-used oil making that food complete garbage.
But as an occasional or seasonal treat, home-fried foods have a place in our healthy diet plans. If you learn more about the science behind the concept of eating right, you will understand the type of food that we consume should be based on the climatic conditions as well. Just like how we choose not to eat something cold during the winter, deep fried food should also be a seasonal choice.
The consumption of fried foods in moderation and in the right manner can help you build your immunity during monsoon/winter season, where the chances of immunity drop are higher due to the lack of enough calorie intake or outdoor physical activities. However, if you do the same in the summer, you would probably end up compromising on your health as your body doesn’t demand extra calories in that season.
In short, it is not a question of willpower as the weight loss industry makes you believe, it is about getting the right knowledge and then making the wise choices when it comes to food.
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