You’ve probably heard many rumors and theories about the safety and toxic effects of air fryers, including their relationship to acrylamide, a substance associated with cancer. What do the experts think about this?
Misinformation on social media is a frequent problem. On TikTok, several viral videos are causing panic among consumers, increasing the spread of misinformation regarding some home appliances.
There are videos that Claim Air Fryers Are Toxic and they can cause cancer, generating concern and incorrect information in the millions of users around the world who visit this social platform daily.
Jim Finley, CEO of My Cleanse Plan, has shared the results of research on the safety of air fryers. Although some studies have raised concerns, overall these kitchen equipment are considered safe for use.
There are hundreds of videos on TikTok that reveal that these types of appliances are not good for your health and are toxic. They point out that it is due to the behavior of the non-stick coating at high temperatures, considering it a health hazard. But is this true?
The truth about air fryers
Teflon, a common nonstick coating on cookware, used to be made with PFOA, a chemical associated with health problems. However, since 2013, manufacturers have removed PFOA from cookware, so oil-free fryers purchased after that date should be completely safe to use.
That is to say, cooking with an air fryer or without oil is just as safe as cooking with any nonstick pan that you can have at home. The quality and design of each deep fryer can influence its performance and safety, and like any other appliance, choosing a good quality and reliable brand is essential to ensure a safe and healthy cooking experience.
Experts say that although some air fryers can generate harmful compounds at high temperatures, it is important to always consider the type of oil used to cook with this appliance. Although these fryers require less oil, it is essential to opt for healthy options to reduce the formation of harmful compounds during cooking, such as acrylamide.
Acrylamide is a chemical that is formed during processes such as baking, air frying, and roasting.. This substance is considered a carcinogen, which means that it may increase the risk of cancer.
However, it is relevant to note that this is based on studies in laboratory animals and there is no evidence to link it to cancer in humans. Also, it is found in foods that have a lot of sugar or amino acids.
To use your air fryer safely, avoid using it if the Teflon is damaged or scratched. You should also use soft, non-sharp silicone utensils that are heat resistant like silicone, to minimize the chance of chipping the coating. It is also important to take extreme precautions when cleaning your air fryer so as not to weaken or damage the coating.
In conclusion, air fryers are completely safe and offer a healthy option to enjoy your fried foods without the need to use too much or no oil, as long as you take the appropriate precautions for its use.