Robin Quay, MS, RD, Sodexo Dietitian
Everyone’s probably heard that fried foods are unhealthy, that they are high in calories, and that they would fall into the “sometimes” category-foods to be enjoyed only occasionally. However, when we look around, it seems like fried foods are everywhere-french fried potatoes, chips, fried chicken, vegetables…even twinkies, oreos, and candy bars.
You may feel like fried foods are worth eating. They taste good and are easy to find, and you don’t really care about the extra calories or gaining weight. But did you know that eating fried foods can have a negative impact on your health?
In order to fry foods, fat is heated to tremendously high temperatures. The extreme heat damages the fat. When the fried food is eaten, the damaged fat releases free radicals into the body. The free radicals harm tissues and cells and promote disease processes. The cell damage can cause wrinkles, premature aging, cancer, heart disease and diabetes.
According to the Harvard Letter, eating a medium order of fast-food French fries each day increases the risk of Coronary Heart Disease by 23%.
By skipping the fries (and other fried foods), you’ll be protecting yourself from debilitating diseases, and you’ll look and feel better. (Less wrinkles, less rolls!) And, since fat takes longer to digest and absorb, eating high fat foods can leave you feeling sluggish and lacking energy. So instead of grabbing the fries, try a salad or steamed vegetables instead.