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7 Tips For Preparing Healthy, Delicious Food With No Or Minimum Oil

When you’re young, you’re pretty much immortal. Or at least you think you are. If you went to college or are currently a student, you probably subsisted on pizza, beer, ramen noodles, and fried foods galore. However, there comes a point when you’ll pay a heavy price for your eating habits. High blood pressure, heart disease, and obesity are just some of the negative effects of a diet that consists of fried chicken and french fries. But fortunately, there are ways to prepare food that are healthy without drenching it in oil. Here are some tips for cooking food that is both delicious and healthy.

The art of frying — with and without oil

There are so many reasons why we crave fried foods. We enjoy the crunchiness of the breading, the flavor of the seasonings, and perhaps those crispy fries harken back to our childhood days. However, deep-fried foods do serious damage to our bodies. The cooking oil might not be clean, fried foods can be difficult to digest, and at certain temperatures it can even increase the chances of developing cancer. But fear not! We aren’t saying you need to ditch that cooking oil altogether. We’re just saying you need to be smart about how you use it.

Do it yourself

As a rule, the best way to know exactly what you’re putting into your body is to prepare the food yourself. This doesn’t mean you need to forgo eating out ever again. But perhaps you should limit this to once a week. The rest of the time, you should cook the food at home using ingredients that you and your family enjoy.

Use fresh oil

Although technically you can reuse cooking oil (olive oil up to three times and sunflower oil twice), we recommend using it once and no more. For one thing, if you cook fish in the oil for one meal and then use that same oil to cook potato pancakes, you’re going to end up with a really weird taste that nobody will like. In addition, reusing cooking oil can really change its properties, which means the quality might not be as good.