Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Pan-Fried Heart Attack

The rehabilitation of fat and the fry-up continues after decades of vilification!  A new study has just emerged titled 'Consumption of fried foods and risk of coronary heart disease: Spanish cohort of the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition study':
  • Conclusion In Spain, a Mediterranean country where olive or sunflower oil is used for frying, the consumption of fried foods was not associated with coronary heart disease or with all cause mortality.  
Obviously correlation does not equal causation etc... but lets recognise what a step this is, given the 'heart attack in a pan' mantra that we've been hit with for the past forty years. 

Regulars will be aware of my own fondess for a fry up (check out The Doctor).  I try not to fry my foods at a temperature that causes the oil to smoke or spit (ie at as low a temperature as possible), and I also favor saturated fat (lard) for frying (or olive oil).  As for the bacon and sausages (Does Bacon Kill You?), I don't really worry about the link to cancer.  And whilst we are talking about the Big 'C' - that photo of The Doctor was taken on a hot, sunny day on which I sunbathed without sun-tan cream.  Crazy eh?

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