Is Fried Food Really Bad For You?

I just watched this video and thought about my father who ate fried food almost every day of his life.

He sliced butter onto his toast and didn’t just spread a smidgen of it!

He lived to be 94

He travelled the world until the end, lived a full life, and died in his sleep.

 

For twenty years we were told to eat margarine and not butter, but now we’re told to eat butter and not margarine.

We were told for years to beware of eggs because of the cholesterol, but researchers now say that the egg whites contain a substance that counteracts the harmful effects of the egg yolk on your cholesterol level, to a big extent anyway.

I stopped eating lots of the fatty cheeses that I love, but we are now told that the cholesterol content in food and the cholesterol in our blood aren’t as directly related as once thought,

Is it really worth taking any notice of these reports any more since every new one seems to contradict the last one?

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4 Responses to Is Fried Food Really Bad For You?

  1. big-thoughts says:

    The bottom line regarding cholesterol is the ratio between LDL and HDL!

    I was told to avoid all the cheeses, eggs and other things that I enjoyed and didn’t touch any of them for almost a year because of my supposed high cholesterol level.

    When I went to be retested I was told that what was now important was the ratio between my ‘good’ and ‘bad’ cholesterol.

    My HDL was four times the average and they told me that I’d never have a cholesterol problem and that I could eat all the high cholesterol things that I liked.

    So forget my months of martyrdom!

    In short:

    Saturated fat increases total and LDL cholesterol
    "bad fat", artery clogging

    Unsaturated fat decreases total and LDL cholesterol
    "good fat", heart healthy

    "… factors other than total or low density
    lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol must be
    considered when evaluating CAD risk."

    "… low levels of high density lipoprotein (HDL)
    cholesterol are as much a risk factor for CAD
    as high LDL cholesterol."

    "The best simple test for predicting CAD is the
    ratio of total:HDL cholesterol."

    More detailed info on the above can be found at, saturates and cholesterol.

    My advice would be to eat and to drink the things that you like in moderation, and forget the ongoing and changing research results :-)

  2. knopfman says:

    Although all fats are often maligned, they ARE vital for proper nutrition because fatty acids are the raw materials that help regulate blood pressure, blood clotting, inflammation and other body functions.

    There are three categories however:

    Saturated (solid at room temperature).
    Unsaturated (liquid at room temperature).
    Trans fats. 

    It’s presently believed that the healthiest are unsaturated, which means the fat molecule’s carbon backbone isn’t saturated, or maxed out, with hydrogen atoms.

    Saturated fats, mostly from dairy and meat products, are not as healthy, although they do contain valuable nutrients.

    Trans fats offer NO nutrition.

    And what’s worse, is that they raise levels of LDL, which is the ‘bad cholesterol’, and lower levels of HDL, the ‘good cholesterol’.

    Trans fats lead to more rapid weight gain and abdominal fat and some studies show a link to diabetes and poor liver function. 

    Small amounts of trans fats are present naturally in milk and beef, but most trans fats are from an industrial process. 

    Food producers artificially produce trans fats by partially saturating plant oils and by breaking down certain chemical bonds so that the carbon atoms align straight and remain solid at room temperature.

    Trans fats are now universally vilified by health experts and Denmark outright banned them in 2003.

    The European Union is mulling a similar ban and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, as of 2006, requires food manufacturers to list the amount of trans fat in their products. 

  3. callie says:

    Even if I suck about cholesterol stuff, I know that fried foods can be bad for one’s health.

  4. what is the best online backup service says:

    I rarely eat fried food. I have MVP and my doctor adviced me to cut back on the fried food section.