May 21, 2019 | Updated: 07:37 AM EDT

Air Frying: How does it work?

Mar 17, 2019 10:22 AM EDT

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Nutritional conscious eating is atop most everyone's list when it comes to living their best life. Although in most cases to eat nutritionally means to sacrifice taste. That, in turn, makes nutritional dieting somewhat difficult. It is safe to say that the most delicious food known today is fried food. Whenever someone decides to "go healthy" fried foods are usually the first item on the chopping block, due to the need for cooking oils, which contain saturated fats that raise the level of cholesterol in the blood, making them a leading cause of heart disease. They have also been suspected to be cancer causing agents. Even today, despite the fact that heart disease and cancer continue to rise at an alarming rate, cooking oil consumption is at an all-time high.

So how do we get ahead in the healthy but bland versus deliciously unhealthy food battle of life? Thankfully, a few companies have developed a way in which we don't have to sacrifice taste for nutrition. With the not so new, but newly popularized method of frying foods with air. Introducing -air fryers. Yes, our food can now be completely and thoroughly cooked with the use of only hot air, no cooking oils required. So as amazing a concept as this is, how does it work?

This is possible because of convection.  Convection is that area in thermodynamics that teaches us that heat may be transferred through a gaseous medium, in this case, air.  It turns out, these kitchen tools are pretty aptly named because they work by circulating hot air around the food, much like hot oil surrounds food to cook it all the way through. The Philips Airfryer claims to be "the original airfryer," and supposedly uses 75 percent less fat to fry food in a "healthier" way with only one tablespoon or less of oil, using a combination of "rapid air technology" and targeted heat and air flow.

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Sounds a lot like an oven, right? As it may have similarities to your conventional oven, airfryers are a more technologically advanced version. While ovens use heating elements and fans for circulation, the airfryer's rapid air technology allows for an even dispersal of heat and for an evenly cooked dish in a lot less time. The airfryer companies claim the fryer fully cooks dishes like roasted rack of lamb in 30 minutes, roasted winter veggies in 20 minutes, and fried risotto balls in ten minutes.

With a price range of 40 to 160 US dollars, if you were looking for a way of eating healthy without sacrificing the ever delicious fried foods, there is probably an airfryer that fits within your budget.

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