Guilty about munching on french fries? Opt for curly fries if you can. They're healthier for you!
Deep-frying poses more problems, though: Acrylamide – a potential cancer- causing chemical – is formed when carbohydrate-rich or starchy foods are heated to temperatures above 120 deg C, says Lim. “Studies have shown that high doses of acrylamide causes cancer in rats, but its impact on our health is still inconclusive,” she adds. However, a study in the Journal of Food Science discovered that curly fries actually contained lower levels of acrylamide – 163 per cent less, in fact – compared to straight-cut fries. Credit this to the fact that due to the way it’s cut, curly fries take a shorter time to be cooked and achieve the same colour and flavour of regular fries. In fact, curly fries contain 22 per cent less oil and 26 per cent less salt, the study found. Still, it’s wise to limit our consumption of deep-fried foods, advises Lim.