One of the best choices you can make for your health is to stop eating deep fried foods.
If you’re going to follow just one tip about living healthier and getting in shape, this is the one to follow. Not only are fried foods devoid of nutrition, they are basically little calorie and fat bombs.
And here’s the problem: they’ve become accepted as a normal part of the American diet. For example, chips or fries are typically served alongside any traditional American meal. Plus, when you eat deep fried foods often, you really begin to crave them above all else due to the high fat, salt, and refined carb with content the food contains.
The Dangers of Deep Fried Foods
Deep fried foods are especially troublesome because the deep frying process is really unnecessary.
For example, look at a normal potato. You can slice it up and bake it in the oven. That gives you zero grams of fat and 110 calories if you eat the whole potato. And if you’ve ever had a potato in its natural form like this, you’ll know just one can be really filling!
Now, imagine you take those potato slices and deep fry them in a vat of oil to make traditional French fries. Suddenly, that healthy potato from before is worth 18 grams of fat and 380 calories!
Basically, deep frying food can easily at least triple the amount of calories and fat in a food, which means if you eat fried food, you’re getting so much unnecessary fat and calories added into your body.
And it’s not all just about appearance or weight gain. Eating fried foods increases your risk of:
- Heart disease
- Obesity and all illnesses related to it
- High blood pressure
- Oily skin and acne
- Low energy
- More irritability
- Acid reflux
So, wouldn’t it be better to just avoid deep fried foods all together? Yes, but don’t worry—I’m not gonna leave you hanging with just that advice. Below are some great tips for making alternatives to your favorite deep fried foods.
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Alternatives to Deep Fried Foods
Removing fried foods from your life might be a big change if you’re used to eating them every day. But your taste buds are amazing and they will adjust pretty quickly. Challenge yourself to go at least a month without any fried foods, and when a craving hits, have one of these substitutions:
- Instead of fast food fries, make your own baked fries (there’s a great recipe in this article) or cut up fruit or veggies for a great snack—like carrot sticks!
- Instead of fried chicken, look up a great recipe for baked chicken or tofu (or buy the baked version at the grocery store).
- Instead of normal chips, make sweet potato chips in the oven.
- If you love potatoes, have a baked potato but opt out of the sour cream or butter. Bake a potato at home and add hummus or salsa instead!
- For any other deep fried food you love, there is usually a recipe for the baked version. Use Pinterest as your guide. Some great examples of fried foods you can find baked include:
- fried pickles
- mozzarella sticks
- onion rings
- fries and chips
- corn dogs
- jalapeno poppers
The Benefits of Quitting Deep Fried Foods
If you’re having trouble eating healthier, here are some perks of not eating fried foods to keep in mind:
- Better skin
- Less bloating
- Less heaviness in your stomach
- Less heart burn
- Weight loss!
- Not being so out of breath when moving or doing daily activities
Use these deep fried foods alternatives to help jumpstart yourself to better health. And for an even bigger benefit, supplement your non-fried diet with extra nutrition from Mimi’s Miracle Minerals and Mimi’s Omegas.