What Are The Benefits Of Using Them?
Air fryers are popular kitchen appliances because of their safety, ease and convenience in use, and health benefits. But we must emphasize that the taste and texture between deep fried foods and air fried foods aren’t the same, a fact that chefs like Gordon Ramsay agree with. This is because of the less oil used in air frying so the familiar deep fried taste won’t be present.
There’s good news, nonetheless: Ev3en with just a tablespoon of oil, chips will be crispy on the outside and tender on the inside, as well as taste great. The chips are healthier, too, because of the less amount of oil used – and the health benefits are the main reason for their increasing popularity.
In the following section, we will take a closer look at the actual benefits of using air fryers on a regular basis.
1. Reduced fat content in food
Deep fried foods generally have higher fat content than foods cooked using other methods, such as grilling, broiling and steaming. As an example, a fried chicken breast will contain approximately 30% more fat than a roasted chicken breast. We even found some manufacturers of air fryers that claim using their products can cut fat content by up to 75% on fried foods!
We strongly agree because a typical air fryer will require about 1 teaspoon (15 ml) of oil for frying food like chicken, steak, and fish. In stark contrast, traditional deep fryers will require at least 3 cups (750 ml) of oil – and the difference in volume can mean the difference between a healthy heart and a plaque-riddled heart in the long run.
Of course, not all the oil in traditional deep frying will be absorbed by the food but the fact that there’s a higher amount of oil used means that the fried foods will have higher fat content. Even when all the oil in an air fryer will be used up, the final fried food will still have lower fat content – truly, good news for health-conscious individuals.
Again, we have to emphasize that while there will be subtle flavor differences between deep-fried and air-fried foods, both will have a similar color, crispness and moisture content. French fries and potato chips will have a crunchy exterior and a flavorful interior while breaded pork chops will have crispy skin and juicy texture, for example.
With reduced fat content, many fans of air fryers say that the kitchen appliance was instrumental in their weight loss success. Air-fried foods, after all, also have reduced calorie content.
We must emphasize, nonetheless, that it’s important to adopt other sensible food-related practices, too, such as portion control, healthy food choices, and more frequent yet smaller meals. Air-fried foods are only a part of a wholistic approach to weight loss, not the be-all and end-all of it.
2. Decreased formation of potentially harmful compounds
In traditional deep frying, the oil has to be heated well in order to make it suitable for frying and to get the desired Maillard effect. But studies have shown that heating oil can cause the formation of potentially harmful compounds including acrylamide, aldehydes, and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, to name a few.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies acrylamide as a “probable carcinogen”, a term used to designate compounds with possible links to cancer. Acrylamide forms when carbohydrate-rich foods, such as sweet potatoes and potatoes, are cooked in high heat, as is the case in deep-frying.
Researchers from the University of the Basque Country in Spain have also discovered certain toxic aldehydes in fried foods. At temperature suitable for frying, oil will release aldehydes due to the degradation of the oil’s fatty acids. Aldehydes are highly reactive compounds that react with hormones, enzymes and proteins in a living organism – the human body, in this case – contributing to its abnormal functioning.
This was true regardless of the type of vegetable oil used. In the same research, sunflower oil had the highest level of aldehydes compared with those found in olive oil and flaxseed oil.
Since only 1 tablespoon of oil is required for air-frying purposes, there’s less risk of these potentially harmful compounds being absorbed by the air-fried foods. The result: You will be less likely to consume them, too, so your risks for cancer and other chromic degenerative diseases may also decrease.
Aside from these health benefits, we have also found other benefits from regular and proper use of air fryers.
3. Faster cooking times
In most cases, air-frying foods can be faster than traditional deep-frying methods. Be sure to use the recommended cooking times, especially if you’re a newbie to an air fryer, for best results. Many air fryers also come with cooking charts, sometimes even with guides in converting any recipe into an air fryer-suitable recipe.
4. Suitable for compact spaces
Unfortunately, not everybody can have commercial-sized, full-featured luxury kitchens. Compact, multipurpose and energy-efficient kitchen appliances are always welcome among people who live in more modest accommodations – and that’s exactly what air fryers are!
We have seen air fryers in college dormitories, condominium units, and apartments where the kitchens are the size of a handkerchief, so to speak. We have seen them prominently displayed on compact countertops because of their frequent use, in contrast with other kitchen appliances gathering dust in overhead cabinets.
We have also seen them in luxury kitchens not because the owners or chefs are being stingy with space. Instead, these kitchen appliances are becoming increasingly popular among the rich and famous because of their numerous benefits.
5. Multipurpose functions
We have emphasized it several times because it’s so true! Many types of air fryers can be used for other cooking methods aside from the usual frying.
Air fryers can be used for baking, roasting, grilling, pan frying, and sautéing, and re-heating. We have to say that it’s easier to list what it cannot do – because there are so little of them – instead of what it can do! We have yet to use even top-of-the-line air fryer for making stews, soups, and cold salads although it can be used to make a few of the ingredients in a cold salad (e.g. roasted beets or potatoes).
6. Ease of operation
Air fryers are so easy to use that even a newbie cook can use them with flair! Many chefs who aren’t into new kitchen gadgets also find them simple and convenient to use.
But don’t be too complacent about using a brand-new air fryer even when you have used one before. Always read the instructions manual before operating it for the first time.
Air fryers are also safer than the standard pots and pans since there are no issues with grease and oil splatters. These are also more suitable for households where hot plates and/or stovetops pose high safety risks, such as when children are around.
7. Ease of maintenance
With air fryers, there are no burnt bottoms and stubborn grease, which can be frustrating to remove with a scrub and mild detergent. Just wipe off the exterior parts with a dry, clean cloth and place the cooking chamber into the dishwasher, if applicable. There’s no leftover oil to dispose, too.
With these benefits, air fryers are becoming the must-have kitchen appliances in restaurants and homes worldwide!