Fried Foods

Why Are They Bad For You?
Eating a diet high in fats such as deep-fried or breaded foods, puts you at a greater risk for high blood cholesterol and heart disease. Diets high in saturated fat and cholesterol tend to raise total blood cholesterol and Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, known as the bad cholesterol. LDL cholesterol clogs your arteries, overtime, can lead to a heart attack or stroke. When you fry foods that already contain saturated fat, such as chicken, you simply add more fat to them.

Steps to Having a Healthier Heart
There are several actions you can take to reduce your risk of heart disease including:
  • Choosing cooking methods that use little or no fat - Rather than deep-frying or pan-frying, cook your food by steaming, baking, broiling, roasting, grilling or stir-frying.
  • Eating at least two servings of fish per week - Prepare them using one of the above healthier cooking methods.
  • Eating no more than 6-8 teaspoons of fats and vegetable oils a day - Choose fats and oils that are mostly unsaturated which are healthier, such as olive oil. Avoid or limit those that are highly saturated which are unhealthier, such as lard or butter.
  • Limiting your cholesterol intake to less than 200 mg per day
  • Limiting your saturated fat intake to less than 7% of your total daily calories
  • Limiting your total fat intake to no more than 25-35% of your total daily calories
  • Testing your blood cholesterol level - Especially if you do not know your level. 
For More Information
For healthier food preparation methods and other nutrition tips, visit the American Heart Association Nutrition Center.