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Read This Before You Bite Into That Chicken

If you like fried fish and chicken the news from CNN Health isn’t something you want to hear, as a new study shows that eating just one portion of fried foods every day can shorten your life. Specifically, women who eat one or more servings of fried food a day had an 8 percent higher risk of death from all causes.


Eating fried chicken raised the risk to 13 percent for death and 12 percent for a heart-related death. For fried fish the risk was 7 percent and 13 percent, respectively. Researchers said they believe the same numbers could be applied to men. They also said the frying process itself isn’t totally to blame: Ultraprocessed foods and the oils in which the foods are fried also contribute.

As a side note, the researchers said studies in Spain didn’t show any association between fried foods and mortality from all causes — one reason for that could be that olive oil is the oil of choice there.

The notation of the difference in the study done in Spain is significant, as Americans seem obsessed with cooking oils that are sold to them as “healthy” but are far from it. This includes soybean, corn, cottonseed and canola oil. The better choices, if you know the truth, are grass fed butter and olive, coconut, sesame and small amounts of peanut oils.

Of all these, besides soybean, the so-called “health wonders” of canola oil is probably the worst lie that’s told when it comes to trying to figure out what’s good and what’s not in oils. To give you some background, canola oil developed a reputation of being healthy when doctors began warning people to reduce their saturated fat intake and consume vegetable oils instead.

They did this because canola has the lowest percentage of saturated fat of all commonly used vegetable oils and is relatively inexpensive, but the bottom line is canola is actually one of the worst oils for your health.

What’s worse, it’s canola that many households and restaurants use for baking, sautéing, frying and other forms of cooking, with consumers being deceived into believing it’s better for them than saturated fats.

So what should you do in the face of the research CNN is talking about? First, try not to eat anything fried. That way you won’t have to worry about which oil to use.

Second, and more importantly, remember that healthy fats and oils are good for you — you just need to know which ones to use and when to use them.

Olive oil and sesame oil add wonderful flavor and healthy fats to your foods, but they have very low smoke points and should be used unheated in salad dressings or drizzled over meats or vegetables for flavor.

Healthier options for cooking include pastured, organic butter, virgin coconut oil, ghee (clarified butter) and lard.

Also, when choosing olive oil be sure it’s fresh, pure olive oil that's minimally processed. To check for freshness, here are four tell-tale signs to look for:

1. Rancidity. If it smells like crayons or putty, tastes like rancid nuts and/or has a greasy mouthfeel, your oil is rancid and should not be used.

2. Fusty flavor. "Fusty" oil occurs when olives sit too long before they're milled, leading to fermentation in the absence of oxygen. Fusty flavors are incredibly common in olive oil, so many simply think it's normal. However, your olive oil should not have a fermented smell to it, reminiscent of sweaty socks or swampy vegetation.

To help you discern this particular flavor, look through a batch of Kalamata olives and find one that is brown and mushy, rather than purple or maroon-black and firm. The flavor of the brown, mushy one is the flavor of fusty.

3. Moldy flavor. If your olive oil tastes dusty or musty, it's probably because it was made from moldy olives, another occasional olive oil defect.

4. Wine or vinegar flavor. If your olive oil tastes like it has undertones of wine and vinegar (or even nail polish), it's probably because the olives underwent fermentation with oxygen, leading to this sharp, undesirable flavor.

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