Why is baking healthier than frying?

By February 4, 2016Uncategorized

Here at Gourmosa, we’re huge advocates of baking over frying, which is why we created the first ever Fully Baked Samosa.

When you’re trying to achieve or maintain a healthy diet, the cooking method is just as important as the food you’re putting in your body. Frying foods can be harmful to your health and fill your body with unnecessary fats, which may be harmful long-term. Baking helps you to control the level of fat in the food you’re consuming, which will help you to maintain a healthy weight and diet.

Consuming deep-fried foods regularly can damage the heart, kidneys and lungs

When you heat oil at high temperatures and use it to deep fry starchy foods, it can lead to the oxidation of oils. Consuming oxidised oils can cause a variety of health problems, including increasing the risk of high blood pressure and atherosclerosis. Baking requires no additional oils, which means there’s no oxidation and the health risks are reduced to nil.

Frying typically uses hydrogenated oils which can cause obesity

Hydrogenated oils – which are usually used to cook packaged foods to increase the shelf life of the products – can reduce the effectiveness of your immune system. This may lead to drastic weight gain and, consequently, a variety of health problems such as obesity, stroke and diabetes.

Calories

The addition of vast amounts of oil in cooking, which is required in order to fry food, will increase the calories of the dish you’re cooking, which may lead to drastic weight gain if consumed regularly.

As an example, a typical fried samosa has just over 240 calories, whereas one of our fully baked samosas has just under 85 calories – around 1/3 of the fried alternative.

For more ideas for how to eat and cook healthier, take a look at our healthy cooking tips.

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