Many sources claim that air fryers provide a healthy alternative to traditional fried food because they use less oil. Manufacturers of air fryers claim that you can enjoy all your favourite fried foods without the negative health impacts of oil-fried foods. Meaning air fried foods are healthier. Let us look.
Air fryers replace deep fryers and other means of cooking such as roasting or grilling. Roasting and grilling tend to be healthier forms of cooking and the purpose of the air fryer was to provide a healthier way of frying foods. Specifically, manufactured claim that air fryers use a fraction of the oil that is used to deep fry which results in a healthier meal.
Air fryers work by circulating the air around the food without the need of a lot of oil. The heated air picks up fine oil droplets from the 1 tablespoon of oil added to the air fryer and circulates around the food to remove moisture and create a crispy food similar to traditionally fried foods.
If you are a fan of fried foods, switching to an air fryer can have health benefits.
- Moving away from fatty traditional deep frying and instead use an air fryer can help decrease the amount of fat consumed and lessen the risk of obesity and other adverse health conditions.
- Air fryers can be safer to operate than deep fryers. Although air fryers do get hot, you are not dealing with a large container of scalding hot oil and risk being burned.
- Air fryers reduce the risk of toxic acrylamide formation. Acrylamide is created when using high-heat cooking methods such as deep-frying. Acrylamide may have links to many types of cancers.
Although research is still on going, initial findings show that air frying is a healthier alternative to deep-frying.