Fried foods are more harmful than you think

Thursday, January 23, 2014 by: Reuben Chow
Tags: fried foods, trans fats, whole body health

eTrust Pro Certified

Most Viewed Articles
Popular on Facebook
BACK INTO THE CLOSET: Why U.S. reporters are not allowed to write about rainbow events in nations where being gay is still condemned
Depopulation test run? 75% of children who received vaccines in Mexican town now dead or hospitalized
A family destroyed: Six-month-old dies after clinic injects baby with 13 vaccines at once without mother's informed consent
INVESTIGATION: Three days before Dr. Bradstreet was found dead in a river, U.S. govt. agents raided his research facility to seize a breakthrough cancer treatment called GcMAF
BAM! Chipotle goes 100% non-GMO; flatly rejecting the biotech industry and its toxic food ingredients
BOMBSHELL: China and America already at war: Tianjin explosion carried out by Pentagon space weapon in retaliation for Yuan currency devaluation... Military helicopters now patrolling Beijing
ECONOMIC SLAVERY FOR ALL: While we were distracted with the Confederate flag flap, Congress quietly forfeited our entire economic future via fast-track trade authority
March Against Monsanto explodes globally... World citizens stage massive protests across 38 countries, 428 cities... mainstream media pretends it never happened
GMO crops totally banned in Russia... powerful nation blocks Monsanto's agricultural imperialism and mass poisoning of the population
SCOTUS same-sex marriage decision may have just legalized the concealed carry of loaded firearms across all 50 states, nullifying gun laws everywhere
Nearly every mass shooting in the last 20 years shares one surprising thing? and it's not guns
Vicious attack on Dr. Oz actually waged by biotech mafia; plot to destroy Oz launched after episode on glyphosate toxicity went viral
Holistic cancer treatment pioneer Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez dies suddenly; patients mourn the loss of a compassionate, innovative doctor who helped thousands heal from cancer
Pepsi drops aspartame from diet soda as consumers reject toxic sweetener
Bride of Frankenfood: Hillary Clinton pushes GMO agenda... hires Monsanto lobbyist... takes huge dollars from Monsanto
Wild eyes and bowl cuts: Why do mass shooters always share the same hair styles and crazed zombie stares?
Mind control through emotional domination: How we're all being manipulated by the "crisis of the NOW"
Genetically white woman now claims self-identify as black: If you can choose your gender, can you also choose your race? What about your species? Can a human claim to be a llama?
(NaturalNews) Even the most health-conscious person may find it difficult to deny that fried foods are delicious. The aroma they emit and the feeling they provide with every bite can be quite irresistible. But fried foods come with their share of adverse health effects.

Cancer risk

Research carried out at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and published online in The Prostate in 2013 revealed that regular consumption of deep-fried foods, such as doughnuts, fried chicken, fried fish and French fries, could elevate the risk of prostate cancer.

This link could be due to the formation of carcinogenic compounds in foods that are cooked at very high temperatures. Foods cooked at high temperatures, in particular deep-fried ones, also contain large amounts of compounds which are linked to oxidative stress and chronic inflammation. These conditions, too, increase cancer risk. For example, a chicken breast which is deep-fried for a third of an hour could have almost 10 times the amount of these chemicals compared to one boiled for one hour.

Previous research had already shown that deep-fried foods elevate the risk of breast cancer, esophageal cancer, lung cancer and pancreatic cancer, as well as head and neck cancers.

Cardiovascular and heart health

Fried foods affect cardiovascular health, too. In research published in Circulation: Heart Failure in 2011, postmenopausal women who consumed more fried fish had a higher risk of heart failure. In fact, just one serving of fried fish a week was found to increase the risk of heart failure by a very significant 48%.

In contrast, women who often consumed baked or broiled fish had a lower risk of heart failure. So while the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish are known to improve cardiovascular health, deep-frying the fish not only seemed to negate these benefits but even ended up creating compounds which were harmful to the heart.

Toxic substances

Research carried out by Spanish and Portuguese researchers and published in Food and Chemical Toxicology in 2013 found that fried fish sticks contained more furanic compounds than those that were oven-baked. While furans could improve the smell and taste of foods, there is research suggesting that they are harmful to health, and even carcinogenic.

Generally, higher temperatures produced more furans, while longer frying times also generated more furans. On the other hand, the more time that passed after frying, the lower the amount of furans that remained.

Therefore, some ways to reduce the amount of furans ingested include using the oven instead of a deep-fryer, cooking at lower temperatures, shortening the cooking time and leaving about 10 minutes between cooking and consumption.

Frying produces trans fats, which are detrimental to health

In addition, research has shown that frying foods raises the levels of trans fat in them, and trans fat has been linked to a wide array of illnesses.

This type of fat increases the risk of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), plaque formation, inflammation in the body, insulin resistance, diabetes, autoimmune disease, Alzheimer's disease and even cancer. Inflammation and insulin resistance themselves are linked to higher risks of many other health conditions, including cancer.

Trans fat also raises low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels (commonly known as "bad" cholesterol) while decreasing high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol levels ("good" cholesterol). Further, it could cause delayed infant development when the mother consumes too much trans fat.

Accompanying ills of fried foods

Moreover, deep-frying is usually carried out with vegetable oils which come with their own share of adverse health effects, while many fried foods are largely empty calories devoid of quality nutrition; in fact, some of these processed foods contain MSG and preservatives, which are themselves harmful to health.


Fried foods, without much doubt, smell wonderful and taste great. But the harm that they do on health is significant - they harm the heart, cause inflammation and increase the risk of cancer and diabetes, among many other adverse effects. These cannot be ignored by anyone who wants to nurture a strong, healthy body and avoid numerous serious chronic diseases.

Sources for this article include:

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (2013, January 28). "Eating deep-fried food linked to increased risk of prostate cancer." ScienceDaily. Retrieved January 11, 2014, from

American Heart Association (2011, May 25). "Heart failure risk lower in women who often eat baked/broiled fish." ScienceDaily. Retrieved January 11, 2014, from

Plataforma SINC (2013, July 26). "Oven-baked fish fingers have fewer furans than when fried." ScienceDaily. Retrieved January 11, 2014, from

Mercola, Joseph, Dr., and Pearsall, Kendra, Dr. Take Control of Your Health. Schaumburg, IL:, 2007. Print.

Haas, Elson M., MD, and Levin, Buck, PhD, RD. Staying Healthy With Nutrition: The Complete Guide to Diet and Nutritional Medicine. New York, NY: Celestial Arts, 2006. Print.

About the author:
Reuben Chow has a keen interest in natural health and healing as well as personal growth.

Subscribe to his natural health newsletter or follow his health websites on Facebook.

His main health websites Insights on Health and All 4 Natural Health focus on being healthy naturally, while his other health websites cover topics such as cancer, depression, holistic depression help, as well as omega 3 fatty acids. He also owns self improvement and inspirational websites like Inspiration 4 Living,, Life Changing Quotes, and 101 Inspirational Ideas. Through his network of sites at The Journey of Life, he hopes to help improve people's lives.

Follow real-time breaking news headlines on
Fried foods at
Join over four million monthly readers. Your privacy is protected. Unsubscribe at any time.
comments powered by Disqus
Take Action: Support by linking back to this article from your website

Permalink to this article:

Embed article link: (copy HTML code below):

Reprinting this article:
Non-commercial use OK, cite with clickable link.

Follow Natural News on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, and Pinterest

Colloidal Silver

Advertise with NaturalNews...

Support NaturalNews Sponsors:

Advertise with NaturalNews...


Sign up for the FREE Natural News Email Newsletter

Receive breaking news on GMOs, vaccines, fluoride, radiation protection, natural cures, food safety alerts and interviews with the world's top experts on natural health and more.

Join over 7 million monthly readers of, the internet's No. 1 natural health news site. (Source:

Your email address *

Please enter the code you see above*

No Thanks

Already have it and love it!

Natural News supports and helps fund these organizations:

* Required. Once you click submit, we will send you an email asking you to confirm your free registration. Your privacy is assured and your information is kept confidential. You may unsubscribe at anytime.