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Is the Lean Mean Fryer the cure for obesity?

Thursday, January 22, 2009 Posted by Travis Saunders
Before we get any emails, the answer is an emphatic no. A few weeks ago our colleague Sam Hetz sent me a link to the George Foreman Lean Mean Fryer, which is pictured below. The Lean Mean Fryer is a deep-fryer which has a patented spinner which uses centripetal force to remove some of the fat introduced while cooking. Think of it like the machine that spins the water out of your swimsuit.
George Foreman Lean Mean Fryer

The website claims that the fryer "Knocks out up to 55% of the fat absorbed during frying!", while small print at the bottom of the page notes that these results are not typical, and that the fryer does not knock out any fat that is present in the food before frying.

There are two ways to look at this - you can say that if you are going to deep-fry food, at least this reduces some of the grease compared to conventional fryers. That's looking at the glass as half-full, which is the way my mind usually works. However, the more likely scenario in my opinion is that people will feel this fryer makes deep-frying a healthier option, and one that can now be indulged on a more regular basis. Let's say that you decide to use the Lean Mean Fryer rather than roasting your potatoes in the oven - you are still consuming considerably more fat and calories using the Lean Mean Fryer, even assuming that it removes 55% of the calories added by deep frying (which the advertisement admits is not typical). To compare the result of roasting vs frying for yourself, visit the about.com calorie counter.

Deep fried food is delicious (if you are ever in Richmond, Ontario, stop here for a phenomenal home-made donut experience), but it's not a healthy option, and I don't think it ever will be.

Thanks to Sam for pointing out the Lean Mean Fryer. For a full-video of the Lean Mean Fryer in action see below, or if you receive Obesity Panacea via email click the link at the top of the post.



Travis

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3 Response to "Is the Lean Mean Fryer the cure for obesity?"

  1. Anonymous Said,

    Bahaha. Oh man, in undergrad we had a deep frier. Took years off my life. Never again. :)

    Posted on January 22, 2009 at 12:43 PM

     
  2. Darya Pino Said,

    Thanks for calling out the BS, it's gonna be the only way to stop people from falling for these silly products.

    BTW, for some reason your updates aren't registering on my Google Reader. I can see them if I click on it, but I usually just scan for new posts. Something up w/your feed? Hopefully this works itself out :)

    Posted on January 23, 2009 at 3:45 PM

     
  3. Travis Saunders, MSc Said,

    I'm not sure about the Google Reader problem - it seems to be coming up fine on my Reader. Let me know if it keeps happening, we're still pretty new to this technology.

    Posted on January 23, 2009 at 3:53 PM

     

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