Making fried foods with olive oil is harmless and healthy

Fried foods are unhealthy, which seems to have become a common sense, but the new issue of the British Medical Journal published an article saying that a Spanish study showed that long-term consumption of fried food made from olive oil or sunflower oil would not Lead to increased health risks such as coronary heart disease.

Researchers from institutions such as the Autonomous University of Madrid reported that between 1992 and 2004, they tracked the eating habits and health of more than 40 Spanish people. Spain is a typical “Mediterranean diet” country. The oil used in its recipes is mostly olive oil or sunflower oil, so the fried food here is not the same as oil in many other places.

The results of the analysis show that in Spain, long-term consumption of fried foods does not lead to an increased risk of coronary heart disease, and does not increase the risk of death. There is no link between fried foods and health risks found in many parts of the world.

Researchers therefore believe that fried foods are generally considered unhealthy because the oils used in making these fried foods, such as lard, contain saturated fatty acids and are prone to diseases such as coronary heart disease. While olive oil and sunflower oil are rich in unsaturated fatty acids, fried foods made with them do not have this health risk.