20 Reasons to Cut Out Fried Foods


Currently, Americans get 53% of their daily total fat from added fats and oils, a large portion of which comes from fried foods. Because multiple studies have pointed to oil consumption, particularly saturated fat, as one of the key dietary contributors to chronic diseases including heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and hypertension, it’s not surprising Health Fitness Revolution recommends you cut out fried foods from your diets- here are the Top 20 from Health Fitness Revolution and author of the book ReSYNC Your Life Samir Becic:

  •  The vegetable oil used in fried foods are generally contaminated with pesticides. They are depleted of minerals and vitamins. Foods fried in this oil will simply attack your body’s ability to fight diseases, thereby weakening your immunity to diseases in the long run.
  •  Most fried foods contain MSG (toxic salts) to enhance “dead food” flavor
  • Oil, which is what fried foods are cooked in, is full of fat.  Fat is high in calories.  Eating a lot of calories tends to lead to being overweight- which leads to issues like diabetes and heart diseases.
  • A Spanish study found that people who ate the most calories in fried food had a positive correlation with obesity.
  • The nutritional value of fried food is poor. Proteins that are fried turn into acrolein a known carcinogen
  • Heating vegetable oil above 300 degrees Fahrenheit damages the oil, causing toxin formation in the foods.
  • Fried foods clog arteries and lead to strokes.
  • Studies have shown that eating fried foods can be a contributor to Alzheimer’s.
  • Fried foods lead to inflammation in the body which create problems with joints.
  • Modified, processed and fried foods don’t break down in body properly; remaining in kidneys, liver, intestines, prostate and colon for extended periods of time as toxins.
  • Fried food breading soaks up nearly every drop of the oil, so eating fried chicken and pan pizza is like drinking oil straight from the vat. This increases your low-density or “bad” cholesterol.
  • In restaurants, typically hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated vegetable oils are used – which is code for trans fat. Trans fat is a man-made fat that improves the shelf life of processed foods, but at the same time, raises your cholesterol and increases your risk of heart disease and stroke. If you forget everything else, remember this: Avoid hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils.
  • All fats and oils have what’s called a “smoke point” – a temperature at which the chemical structure deteriorates and forms toxic compounds. This is when oils turn rancid; and eating foods fried in rancid oil causes increased oxidative stress on your body, leading to things like glucose intolerance, protein malfunction, hypertension and high cholesterol.
  • The vegetable oil in which the fried food is cooked is obtained from genetically modified vegetables. One of the top 5 genetically modified food used is ‘soy’. Soy is used in burger meat patties in the Unites States. GMO foods can cause digestive issues and some birth defects.
  • Fried foods are deep fried and are high in saturated fat- which will definitely increase the risk of heart diseases and can cause strokes. 
  • Most of the fried fast food contains calories.  They are usually processed and have chemical additives. To increase the shelf life of the food, they are injected with chemical additives and are uncovered of nutrients. So, fried food does no good to us and doesn’t increase our life span.
  • It is found that most of the fried meat in restaurants are polluted or infected with growth hormones. Growth hormones are very famous in this field and are frequently used to increase the growth tempo of livestock. The people who ate fried meat are more vulnerable to certain cancer and infertility. Many people have developed these diseases according to research.
  • When oil is reused over and over again as it often is in fast food chains, the oil continues to breakdown every time it is heated. It’s not only the oil that undergoes a harmful change. Other nutrients can be altered by the heating process. An example of this is carbohydrates, which, when heated to very high temperatures, can actually release a certain type of carcinogen. This is another reason to keep in mind that fast food chains are not the place to find nutrition.
  • Some fried foods are sterilized with radiation or artificial chemicals. They generally use cheap sterilization methods. Because these methods are cheap, they are often unsafe for consumer’s well being.
  • For comparative measures, a large grilled chicken breast has about 105 calories– the same chicken breast fried comes in at a whopping 323 calories!


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