Fried food is not bad for the heart if cooked in certain oils, say experts

Contrary to the popular belief that fried food is one of ‘heart health’s’ biggest enemies, new research has revealed that if it is cooked in olive oil or sunflower oil it poses little to no risk. 

Experts have revealed that eating friend food may not actually be bad for the heart as long as it is cooked in either olive oil or sunflower oil.

Researchers at the Autonomous University of Madrid questioned 40,757 adults about their diet for the purpose of the study.

None of the participants were showing any signs of heart disease at the beginning of the 11-year study, but by the end there had been 606 reported heart disease events and 1,134 deaths.

Despite health experts having said for many years now that fried food could put the heart at risk, the results of the survey showed no link between heart disease or premature death and fried food.

Fried food was previously thought to be so unhealthy because as the food absorbs the fat in cooking it becomes more calorific.

However, now it has been revealed that there is very little evidence to support this notion.

The researchers have warned that their findings were from the study of a typical Spanish diet, in which oils that are considered to be healthy are found in abundance. The UK diet is very different so researchers are unable to say whether the effects would be the same.

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