But whether you are a foodie or not, the ultimate battle lies between two specific food group; fried foods and sweets which makes this question very relevant, if you have to indulge, which option causes more damage to the body?
The answer, surprisingly, is not that simple.
Fry that Food?
Fried foods are touted as the enemy and the ultimate roadblock to weight loss. But here’s the trick; it’s the type of oil that you are using which is the culprit. Yes, it’s true. Most dishes are fried in vegetable oils which are known for their high quantity of trans-fatty acids, which in turn increase the chances of various cardiovascular ailments. Not to forget, oils like canola, sunflower, linseed produce harmful toxic aldehydes when exposed to high heat.
But if you can’t stay away from your pakoras, stick to flaxseed oil, olive and coconut oil since they are the least harmful of the vegetable oils. An even better idea is to stick to sautéing when cooking with 5 – 6 teaspoons of oil, which is the daily recommended quota.
The Touch of Sugar
Can’t imagine your meal without ending it without a piece of your favourite dessert? Then you know should this; excessive amount of sugar is really bad for you; except for dark chocolates which are loaded with flavonoids, antioxidants and defend your cells from the damaging effects of free radicals. But another kind of sweets, such as cakes, pastries, and Indian sweets are storehouses of hydrogenated fat, which is way more damaging than a piece of fried chicken.
But don’t be disheartened yet, we are not telling you to give up sugar completely, but manage the portions. Remember that sweets are full of empty calories without any national content so it’s best to limit it.
In a perfect world, we can eat whatever we want and will remain healthy, happy and fit. But since utopia is not our current living condition, it’s best if you make smart choices. For example, if you are overweight or have a heart condition, avoid fried foods. And if you are diabetic, stay away from sugary foodies. Completely eliminating any food type never worked out for anyone, it’s best to not get ambitious. It’s best if you analyse your situation and make an informed decision with your doctor/nutritionist.