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Fried Food Without the Grease

Air fryers let you enjoy the taste of fried foods without added calories.

Instead of submerging food in oil, air fryers circulate hot air around the food to cook it. Air frying cuts down on the unnecessary calories oil adds to food.

“Air fryers can use as little as one teaspoon of oil to cook food,” says a chef for HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals. “It won’t completely replace the deep-fried taste, but it’s a much healthier alternative.”

In addition, a recent study published in the Journal of Food Science found that food cooked by air frying rather than deep frying was lower in acrylamide, a chemical that has been linked to cancer.

“An air fryer is not a magical device that can produce healthy cuisine,” he says. “But it is a great way to cook foods in a fast and relatively healthy way. I think air fryers are a good alternative for people who enjoy fried foods but are watching their calories.”

The chef recommends using the kitchen gadget for its convenience and health benefits, and also hopes restaurants will use the technology in the future.

“I don’t think it’s a fad. I think it’s going to stay around.”

Deep Fried or Air Fried: Which Has Fewer Calories?


Deep-fried onion rings: 411 calories

Deep-fried chicken nuggets: 305 calories

Deep-fried french fries: 687 calories

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Air-fried onion rings: 176 calories

Air-fried chicken nuggets: 180 calories

Air-fried french fries: 267 calories

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