Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Say NO to deep-fried foods

Indian cooking is full of various fried dishes from Pakodas, samosas, kachoris, namkeen sev, bhujiya (usual savory snacks) etc. to poori and bhaturas (fluffed, deep fried flatbreads) to bhajiya & vadas(deeo fried dumplings); fried foods are everywhere.

Reasons to avoid Deep fried products

1. Full of fat- The amount of fat/oil exceeds far beyond the daily needs of an average person. Excess fat accumulates in the body over a period of time and leads to obesity. Such people are more prone to metabolic syndrome and heart diseases.
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2. Deadly- Repeated frying (a common practice in India) makes the oils smoke and changes the properties of the oil. Overheating leads to production of deleterious compounds like acrylamide, acrolein, etc. which are extremely damaging to the body.
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3. Salted- Salt is necessary in our diet but we are getting too much of it. This is evident by the increasing number of patients with high blood pressure. Most of the fried foods are salted. One can reduce salt in diet simply by saying goodbye to fried stuff.
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Should we just give it up? That's next to impossible!!
No, as always moderation in eating and regular exercise is the key.
You may go ahead and eat some fried foods, but occasionally.

What oils are healthy? Which are best for frying? How to make best use of it??
We'll discuss all these in the upcoming post..so keep reading.
Any queries are welcome.

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