Fried food is quick and easy to prepare, but that is where the good attributes end.

Unfortunately, boiling a vegetable in hot oil bumps that once healthy item into a completely different food group. Take a quick look at the deep fried Blooming Onion. Even without the dipping sauce, it is loaded with more than 800 calories, 60 grams of total fat, and 22 grams of saturated fat.

Obviously fried foods contain exorbitant levels of calories, cholesterol and saturated fats.

These factors increase your waist size and clog your arteries, contributing to long term health problems such as diabetes, heart disease and heart attacks. 

Make healthier choices by using cooking methods that don’t add fat like grilling, broiling, steaming, poaching and baking. Avoid going out to eat by making nourishing, flavorful dishes at home. See below for a quick comparison of eating at home vs. eating out. 

  • McDonald's French Fries, 5 oz. Serving vs. Oven Baked Fries, 6 oz. Serving

    • Saved 250 Calories and 10g of Fat

  • KFC Extra Crispy Chicken, 6 oz. Serving vs. Oven Baked Chicken, 10 oz. Serving

    • Saved 290 calories, 26.5g of Fat and 870 mg Sodium

Organizing a special dinner date with friends? Try to plan ahead by looking at the menu online, and then take the time to discuss your needs with your server.