Rare Cooking Oil, Is It Really Healthier to Use an Air Fryer?

Suara.com – Indonesian people in recent days are experiencing a shortage of cooking oil. People find it difficult to find ingredients to process these foods because cooking oil is scarce.

One alternative that appears is the use of an air fryer that does not use oil. So, is an air fryer healthier than cooking oil?

From various sizes, as reported by Web MD, an air fryer is healthier than frying in oil. It cuts calories by 70 percent to 80 percent and has less fat.

This cooking method can also reduce some of the other harmful effects of frying oil. The reaction that occurs when frying potatoes or other starchy foods creates the chemical acrylamide, which studies have shown is linked to a greater chance of developing cancer.

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One study showed that air frying lowered the amount of acrylamide in French fries by up to 90 percent.

Illustration of frying chicken.  (Shutterstock)
Illustration of frying chicken. (Shutterstock)

However, some things about the air fryer may not be better for some people. In one study, frying fish in an air fryer increased the amount of a substance called “cholesterol oxidation product” (COP).

COP is formed when cholesterol in meat or fish breaks down during cooking. Studies link this substance with coronary heart disease, hardening of the arteries, cancer, and other diseases.

One way to lower the amount of COP when you fry fish, according to research, is to add fresh parsley, scallions, or a mixture of the two. Research shows this herb acts as an antioxidant to reduce COP in fried foods.

Air fryers also appear to curb omega-3 fatty acids in fish. These “good” fats help lower blood pressure and increase levels of “good” HDL cholesterol, and may help protect the heart.

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The question then, is fried food as good as the classic style? In the end, it’s subjective.