Heart Doctors Explain: Fried Food and Obesity

It’s all over the news these days: “There’s an obesity epidemic across America.” People are dealing with the ill-effects of being overweight or obese, and heart doctors across the country are just as nervous. Obesity typically carries a significant risk of heart disease. Your chances of heart diseases can increase by at least 50 percent for a middle-aged adult. The reasons for this are indirect, based on the link between coronary heart disease and obesity. But despite that, the commonalities between coronary heart disease and obesity cannot be ignored, and avoiding obesity is vital for good heart health. So what causes obesity – many things, some more so than others. In this case, fried foods can give you an express ticket to an obese frame.

The reason for this has to do with how fried foods are made. Fried foods rely on oils to cook food. Because oil can absorb considerably more heat than water, frying cooks food relatively quickly. As such, if done correctly, the oils should never penetrate the food due to the amount of steam produced separating it. Once the steam subsides (however due to the food being left to sit in the oil too long) then the oil will permeate the food and therefore become consumed. These oils can often contain unhealthy fats that can add more fat content to the food you are trying to consume. While fat isn’t a bad thing in moderation, if over-consumed, it can lead to plaque build-up in the arteries. Furthermore, the body’s response to fat consumption is typically to store it. So essentially, fat, especially saturated and trans fats, will make you fat.

For this reason, if you are looking for a one-way express ticket to obesity, then eating nothing but fried foods from restaurants is the way to go. Obesity has been linked to a severely increased change of coronary heart disease among otherwise healthy adults. While it is ok to consume fried foods occasionally, it’s best to make the majority of your diet non-fried, low-fat foods if you can help it. It’s better for your figure, heart, and life.

How To Use This Information

 Obesity can come with a heap of bodily maladies, with coronary heart disease as just one of them. If you are overweight or obese, then make sure you are scheduling an appointment with certified heart doctors. At South Denver Cardiology, our heart doctors will not only diagnose your heart, but do our best to advise you on the best course of action to keep your heart nice and strong. Schedule an appointment with us today by visiting our website or calling us at 303-744-1065