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Healthy deep-fried turkey is not an oxymoron

Oven-roasting turkey in a food world where turkey cooking options are bountiful is like using a first-generation iPod to listen to music instead of entertaining the idea of transferring your music to the new iPod Touch. While oven-roasted turkey...
 Healthy deep-fried turkey is not an oxymoron
 
 

Oven-roasting turkey in a food world where turkey cooking options are bountiful is like using a first-generation iPod to listen to music instead of entertaining the idea of transferring your music to the new iPod Touch. While oven-roasted turkey is traditional and American, it’s also dry and boring. Families are opting to smoke their birds and even deep fry them, but what are the health consequences for the tastier version?

Deep-fried turkeys take less than an hour to cook, and by using 100 percent peanut oil, birds are crispy and tastier. The website www.turkeyfrying.net shows how to master this technique.

Peanut oil is the preferred product for frying because it's naturally trans fat-free, cholesterol free, and low in saturated fats. A major study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that 100 percent peanut oil provides the same heart healthy benefits as olive oil. Peanut oil is high in unsaturated fats, especially monounsaturated fat, and is a natural source of heart-healthy vitamin E and phytosterols.

According to the American Heart Association, "Most of the fats you eat should be the 'better' fats – monounsaturated or polyunsaturated fats." Vegetable oils such as peanut oil, as well as avocados, peanuts, seeds, and seafood are recommended sources of these fats.

Fried turkey is traditionally prepared in peanut oil because it naturally maintains high temperatures throughout the cooking process and stops the oil from absorbing into the meat. This results in a bird that's crispy on the outside, moist on the inside and has a slight nutty taste. Deep-frying cuts way down on cooking time as it takes about three minutes per pound, as opposed to the hours needed to roast a turkey.

While the act of deep frying a turkey is quite the spectacle, make sure to take the necessary handling precautions so you don’t end up like this guy

Happy Turkey Day! Now, go get your grub on!




 



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