The Fry Lover´s Dilemma
Fried or Baked?
The love of French fries sometimes seems almost a genetic trait, and with fast food chains expanding worldwide, more and more people are discovering this ultimate “comfort food”.
Researchers agree, however, that deep-fried foods are one cause of the rising rates of diabetes and obesity in many countries, including the United States. There is also emerging evidence that regular consumption of deep-fried foods can increase the incidence of certain cancers, particularly prostate cancer. (https://www.fredhutch.org/en/news/releases/2013/01/eating-deep-fried-foods-associated-with-risk-of-prostate-cancer.html)
No matter how correctly you do it, deep-frying inevitably adds oil to the food it is cooking; if that food is coated or breaded before it is fried, the cooking process can more than double or triple the food’s calorie count: “For example, a large baked potato contains 220 calories and less than 1 g of fat. But, if you take that same potato and turn it into French fries, you end up with nearly 700 calories and a whopping 34 g of fat.” (http://www.fitday.com/fitness-articles/nutrition/healthy-eating/food-myths-debunked-fried-foods-are-too-fatty-and-unhealthy.html)
Now, some fats are good and even essential for a healthy diet, but these fats are not usually the ones used by restaurants or even home chefs when preparing fried foods, especially our beloved French fries. Consumers today are more aware of the health risks of eating foods containing partially hydrogenated or “trans fats,” so savvy companies now feature new products as “no hydrogenated fat” or “trans fat free”.
So, to fry or not to fry—that is the question.
One easy way to avoid all the negative effects of preparing and eating this favorite food is to bake the fries instead of deep-frying them.
Using the Borner Powerline V5 slicer’s large julienne blade, you can turn potato (or healthier sweet potato) into thin fries in seconds. Pat the fries dry with paper towels if you like, or simply transfer them into a bowl where you can add a couple tablespoons of olive oil, salt, pepper, and other spices to taste, and then spread them out on a lightly oiled cookie sheet.
Bake in a pre-heated oven at 450 degrees for about 20 minutes, or to the desired crispness.
These baked fries are delicious, and using the Borner Powerline Waffle cutter you can also produce very tasty and attractive zucchini chips that will seduce even veggie-averse kids into trying them out.
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