Nutritionists and proponents of healthy eating may condemn fried foods as having too much fat and empty calories, but the process of frying foods is not going anywhere for several reasons. First, fried foods taste good. There is a rich aroma and mouthfeel, a satisfying “crunch,” and a wonderful flavor. Second, frying is a very efficient means for cooking food. Cooking a chicken breast in an oven could take 45 minutes whereas placing that same product in a fryer will take 5 to 6 minut…

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Richard F. Stier is a consulting food scientist with international experience in food safety (HACCP), food plant sanitation, quality systems, process optimization, GMP compliance, and food microbiology ([email protected]).