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Western Cooking Methods - Reality Check

Eating food fried in olive or sunflower oil isn't linked to heart disease or premature death, finds a paper published in the British Medical Journal today.

In Western countries, frying is one of the more common methods of cooking. When food is fried it becomes more calorific because the food absorbs the fat of the oils.

It Makes You Wonder..

While eating lots of fried food can increase some heart disease risk factors as high blood pressure, obesity, and high cholesterol, a link between fried food and heart disease hasn't been fully investigated.

Trained interviewers asked participants about their diet and cooking methods. Fried food was defined as food for which frying was the only cooking method used. Questions were also asked about whether food was fried, battered, crumbed or saut.ed.

The participants' diet was divided into ranges of fried food consumption, the first quartile related to the last amount of fried food consumed and the fourth indicated the highest amount.

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