Now we are fully aware that this might seem like a misleading topic. Because if you believe the advertising hype, an air fryer could be the solution to your thickening waistline and clogging arteries. After all, aren’t they the magic appliances that allow you to indulge in fried delights – but with none of the oil-related deep-frying health risks?
Well, yes and no.
Isn’t Everything From An Air Fryer Healthy?
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you probably know that one of the main reasons for buying an air fryer is that they are supposed to be a healthier way of cooking. And if this is true, isn’t everything that comes out of an air fryer good for you? Let’s take a quick look at these ideas and try to separate fact from fiction.
Less Oil = Health Benefits
Firstly, it’s true that the technology in air fryers means you can cook a huge variety of popular foods using (comparatively) very little oil or fat. How is this possible? Well, an air fryer is basically a small convection oven that cooks by heating air to a really high temperature and then circulating that hot air around the food.
This is particularly good news if you have a soft spot for fried foods. With traditional cooking methods, many favourites like hot chips and chicken wings only reach crispy, golden perfection if they are cooked in a bubbling pan of boiling oil. And while this makes them totally delicious, it’s not great for your arteries!
Being able to get a similar flavour and texture using only a fraction of the oil (if any at all) is a great selling point for air fryers as there are obvious health benefits to ditching the fats, whilst keeping the taste.
See here for a reduced oil fried chicken recipe that is sure to please.
If you’d like to know more about the current thinking on oils and which ones are considered bad for us, you can read more here.
Are You a Fried Food Fan?
Of course, one of the problems with this is that you have to be a big fan of fried food in the first place to want to eat food cooked this way. And for a lot of people, a healthy lifestyle and fried food simply don’t go together.
But if you are getting that great fried flavour and crunch, without the high fat content, why wouldn’t you want to expand your meal choices and add something new to your list of meals – even if you’ve always thought of french fries as evil?
If reading this is making you hungry and you are starting to get the munchies for some delicious sweet potato fries, you can read more here.
Multi-function Means Lots of Choice
This is a massive tick for modern air fryers.
Don’t forget that air fryers are no longer solely frying machines. The models on the market these days can bake, grill, roast, saute and often dehydrate as well. This means you are getting a versatile benchtop kitchen appliance that can churn out snacks and meals in a variety of ways – all using a minimum of fat.
Whether you want to reheat last night’s pizza to make it crisp again, whip up batch or muffins, knock out some popcorn both the game or roast a chicken for the family’s dinner, there’s Multi-function Air Fryer can do it all. Click here for more information and prices.
In fact, you can buy an air fryer and never even use it to cook fried food. If you’d rather have a protein-packed, veggie and halloumi cheese frittata for breakfast than a full English breakfast, you can whip that up in your air fryer using the ‘bake’ function. And that has to be a major bonus for both the health conscious and those who like value for money.
If you’re looking for something to try that ‘bake’ function, why not have a go at our Air Fryer Salmon Recipe?
Change Your Mindset
Many of us hear the word ‘fry’ and immediately imagine fat-rich food, floating in fat. But if those foods are air-fried, it’s a whole different story. Meals and snacks that might once have been off the menu if you are trying to eat healthily can be revisited. And you’ll find many can be prepared in a new, healthier version when air fried.
In fact, some foods are arguably better cooked in an air fryer. A great example is corn ribs which crisp and curl perfectly in the dry heat of an air fryer. And if you’re following a specific diet – like Keto or low-carb – a few tweaks to favourite recipes can breathe new life into meals that you might otherwise have to give up. See our article on Low-Carb Air Fryer Recipes That Will Leave You Satisfied for some inspiration.
Plus, because of the multi-function ability of modern air fryers it’s easy to adapt recipes from frying to baking, so making them healthier.
If you live alone, there are only the 2 of you, or you’re in a shared house, an air fryer could be the answer to all your cooking problems. Multifunction and coming in a range of sizes – including surprisingly compact – meal time is a breeze with one of these in your kitchen. Click here for more information and prices.