January 26, 2012- Experts said that eating fried foods is not bad for the heart as long as the foods are cooked using sunflower or olive oil. A recent study found no increased risk of premature death or heart disease linked to consuming food cook with the two oils.
However, the experts stressed that their results only apply to olive and sunflower oils and not to lard or other oils. Food becomes more calorific when fried because it absorbs the fat found in oil. By eating large quantities of fried food, individuals can have high blood pressure as well as high cholesterol.
Researchers in Madrid surveyed 40,750 adults regarding their diet. Participants answered questions about the type of foods they consumed in an average week and how those foods were prepared. None of the survey’s participants had any signs of heart problems prior to the start of the study. By the end of the 11-year study, 606 had heart disease and 1,134 had died.
When the heart events were looked at in detail by the researchers, they could not find any link to fried food in the diet. They believe this is due to the type of oil used to cook the participant’s food.
Experts also believe the overall diet also plays an important role. Mediterranean diets have long been thought of as healthy as they are full of high fiber and low fat items such as vegetables, fruit and fish. Many previous studies have indicated that these types of diets can lower the risk of heart disease and cancer.