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What is an air fryer?

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Air fryers are square or egg-shaped devices, about the size of a coffeemaker, that sit on your countertop. You put the food you want to fry -- chopped potatoes, chicken nuggets, zucchini slices -- into a slide-out basket. A fan pushes heated air -- up to 400 F -- around the food. The circulating air cooks the outside of foods first, which creates a crispy brown coating and keeps the inside soft, just like deep-fried foods.

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Acrylamide and Cancer Risk."

CDC: "Fast Food Consumption Among Adults in the United States, 2013 - 2016."

Cleveland Clinic: "Air-Frying: Is it as Healthy as You Think?"

Consumer Reports: "Best Air Fryers of 2019."

Harvard Medical School: "The truth about fats: the good, the bad, and the in-between."

International Journal of Food Science : "Food processing and Maillard reaction products: Effect on human health and nutrition."

Journal of Food Science: "A comparative study of the characteristics of French fries produced by deep fat frying and air frying," "Effect of pretreatments and air-frying, a novel technology, on acrylamide generation in fried potatoes," "Impact of air frying on cholesterol and fatty acids oxidation in sardines: Protective effects of aromatic herbs."

Lipids in Health and Disease : "Cooking, storage, and reheating effect on the formation of cholesterol oxidation products in processed meat products."

Mayo Clinic: "Mayo Clinic Minute: Why eating too many fried foods could lead to early death."

Reviewed by Christine Mikstas on August 18, 2019

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Acrylamide and Cancer Risk."

CDC: "Fast Food Consumption Among Adults in the United States, 2013 - 2016."

Cleveland Clinic: "Air-Frying: Is it as Healthy as You Think?"

Consumer Reports: "Best Air Fryers of 2019."

Harvard Medical School: "The truth about fats: the good, the bad, and the in-between."

International Journal of Food Science : "Food processing and Maillard reaction products: Effect on human health and nutrition."

Journal of Food Science: "A comparative study of the characteristics of French fries produced by deep fat frying and air frying," "Effect of pretreatments and air-frying, a novel technology, on acrylamide generation in fried potatoes," "Impact of air frying on cholesterol and fatty acids oxidation in sardines: Protective effects of aromatic herbs."

Lipids in Health and Disease : "Cooking, storage, and reheating effect on the formation of cholesterol oxidation products in processed meat products."

Mayo Clinic: "Mayo Clinic Minute: Why eating too many fried foods could lead to early death."

Reviewed by Christine Mikstas on August 18, 2019

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