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Healthy Way to Fry

By Jessica Boden
Posted On Jan 21, 2013

New You Health Tip: Frying food is not automatically “bad” if  you cook foods in the right oils at the the right temperature.

We all know that fried food is bad for us, but does that mean you can’t fry anything? For the answer to that question we asked Dr. Sasson Moulavi, MD, founding director of the Smart for Life Weight Management Centers. The answer is no, depending on two things. The first is that you must use the right fat, which in this case means the right cooking oil. “Fat is a very complicated question. If it’s good fat, no problem. If your fat is coming from a vegetable or fish source, we’re fine with it.” “Bad frying means to deep fry,” says Dr. Moulavi. Think fried chicken or French fries, where the food is submerged in oil before it hits your plate. If you are going to ‘fry’ an egg or a piece of fish, that’s really closer to sautéing the food; as long as the oil doesn’t burn and smoke, you should be fine. Consumption of canola or olive oil below its smoke point actually reduces bad cholesterol. So avoid the confusion and feel free to “fry” your foods stove top using the right oil at the right temperature.