Marketed as a healthy way to enjoy your fried foods, the air fryers have gone up in popularity recently. The company behind the product claims that air fryers can help lower the fat content of your fried favorites, such as chicken wings, fish sticks, French fries, etc.
This sounds really interesting, but how healthy is it to cook food using an air fryer?
On this article, we’ll take a closer look at how air fryers can indeed make your food healthy and we’ll determine if the benefits of the product outweigh its risks.
What’s an Air Fryer and How Does It Work?
Air fryer is a popular kitchen device used to cook fried foods such as pastries, potato chips, and meats.
The product works by circulating hot air with fine oil droplets around the food to be fried, resulting in a crunchy and crispy exterior.
This process of cooking also leads to a chemical reaction known as the Maillard Effect, which usually happens between a reducing sugar and an amino acid when exposed to heat. It also results in the alteration of the flavor and color of the food.
Air-fried foods are said to be healthier than deep-fried foods because of their low fat and calorie content.
Instead of submerging the food completely in oil just like with the traditional method of frying, air frying only uses one tablespoon of oil and you’ll be able to get a similar texture and taste.