Meals for Thought: Find out how to make fried meals more healthy | Meals/Recipes

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Fried food is a staple diet for many Americans, but eating foods like french fries, fried chicken, mozzarella sticks, hushpuppies, etc. on a regular basis can cause you to have a serious cardiovascular problem, according to a new study.

The study, recently published in Heart magazine, found that if you regularly eat fried foods, your chances of having a heart attack or stroke increase by 28%. The study also found an association between the consumption of fried foods and the increased risk of heart failure (37%) and coronary artery disease (22%).

According to Freshly.com, there are some healthier ways you can prepare your favorite fried foods while eliminating the fatty consequences:

1. Choose your breading: swap refined flour or breadcrumbs for a more nutritious alternative such as almond flour or 100% cassava flour. Refined flours are processed in such a way that important nutrients are removed. Almonds contain nutrients like fiber, magnesium, and vitamin E that can boost your immune and digestive systems – and still give you a satisfying coating with a slightly nutty taste.

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2. Try roasting in the oven: throw the dirty oil pan in the oven for a baker’s sheet. By roasting in the oven, you keep the crispness and taste of your traditionally fried foods. They also eliminate some of the potentially negative effects of high heat cooking.

3. Take care of your oil: Choose a good quality, heat-resistant oil like a non-genetically modified canola or olive oil in place of the more highly processed vegetable oils commonly used for frying. Olive oil is high in monounsaturated fats and can help improve heart health. High quality expeller-pressed rapeseed oil contains more omega-3 fatty acids, which are important for supporting the brain, heart, digestion and skin.

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