olive and sunflower oilFired food is considered among the unhealthy types of foods as it is rich is saturated oils and calories that can cause serious cardiovascular problems like heart attack, heart disease, etc., and even premature death. However, according to the findings of the experts at the Autonomous University of Madrid, eating fried food can not be that dangerous provided the food is fried using high quality olive and sunflower oil. Though the specialists underline that their findings can be applicable only to local diet known as the Mediterranean diet, the findings are really interesting and worth to be considered.

Frying is undoubtedly one of the most common type of preparing food and a great deal of modern people like fried food. At the same time, frying can turn the food in calorie bombs and saturated fat bombs, that is why consuming a lot of fried food with increased amounts of the mentioned harmful substances can substantially increase the risks of obesity, high cholesterol, hypertension and cardiovascular conditions. the Mediterranean dietThe study in Madrid lasted for 11 years and  involved analyzing the info on more than 40,700 people and watching the types of foods they were consuming for the last 11 years.

In the beginning of the trials, no participant had any sign of serious cardiovascular condition like heart disease and others. By the end of the experiment, 606 participants have been diagnosed with heart disease, and about 1130 died of cardiovascular condition. The scientists looked at the diet and the types of foods those people used to consume, and the connection between consuming fired foods and increased risks of cardiovascular diseases was note established. The experts believe that this fact can be attributable to the Mediterranean diet and using only high quality olive and sunflower oil for frying foods.

The findings of the study were recently published in most of health care magazines and online editions, and evoke a vivid public polemic. According to Prof. Michael Leitzmann, a nutritionist at  the University of Regensburg in Germany, this study is interesting but  ‘does not mean that frequent meals of fish and chips will have no health consequences. The study suggests that specific aspects of frying food are relevant, such as the oil used, together with other aspects of the diet.’ Victoria Taylor at British Heart Foundation said: “Before we all reach for the frying pan, it’s important to remember that this was a study of a Mediterranean diet rather than British fish and chips.” Read more about the finingds of this research and the comments of the world’s leading nutritionists in one of the latest issues of the British Medical Journal.

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