Lately I have been debating whether I should go back to the Raw Foods
pyramid and brutally torture its believers by taking a look at the various cooking methods that we can use to violate that tower.
But I have decided that right now learning about all of the different cooking methods at one time would make it much easier in the future as we start looking at ingredients.
That way, if I tell you to saute or to fry something, you will know that there actually is a difference between the two…and what you should be doing…
So let’s look at the next dry cooking method…the one that is the favorite of Southern chefs, not to mention their husbands…
But frying is sacred ground to Southerners…and a scary territory for diabetics.
So let’s first consider why frying foods has gotten such a bad name?
Then let’s find out what we can do about making our fried foods healthier—okay, maybe not the fried Snickers bars and other Texas State Fair icons…
So…exactly why are fried foods bad for you?
Let’s state the obvious…
When foods are fried in oil, that oil is absorbed into every available nook, cranny, and crevice of whatever is being cooked, meaning that deep frying anything in oil will obviously add a lot of calories and way more fat and calories than those same foods had they not been fried…
- Wendy’s large baked potato contains 278 calories and 0.4g fat
- Wendy’s large French fries contains 420 calories and 20g fat
But have you ever realized that all that deep fried greasy food could eventually lead to…
- autoimmune disease
- hardening of the arteries
- heart attacks
- heart disease
- high blood pressure
- high cholesterol levels
- insulin resistance
- malfunctioning of the human brain
- type 2 diabetes
Knowing now that those who eat four to six servings of fried food per week are 39% more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those who eat it less than once a week may have made a lifestyle change back in our 20’s so that my husband’s not having to now take insulin shots, like almost every Southern male in America.
So not getting on those scales ever again…Almost goes without saying that those who eat fried foods more regularly are most likely to be overweight or obese. In fact, those of us who eat fried food more than four times a week have a 37% greater risk of being overweight or obese than those who eat it less than twice a week.
Another reason to avoid fried foods…Not only can eating fried foods make you gain weight because…well, because, they’re fried foods, and that’s what fried food does to you….but fried foods can also affect the hormones that regulate appetite and fat storage.
Frying Doesn’t Always Have to Mean Nutritional “Mush”
Grabbing fries from the closest drive-thru and chowing down on some “food” that is honestly nothing but “empty calories” that has lost any and all of the vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that its original ingredients may have contained.
Yet we are learning about the different cooking methods here, and frying is one of the most frequently used cooking method.
So let’s learn to fry not only the “right” way, but a “healthy” way that leaves us with a nutritious and tasteful dish that doesn’t have to be smothered with lots and lots of ketchup.