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Philips debuts the Airfryer – crispy fries without the fat
Philips unveils its Airfryer at IFA 2010 in Berlin
Fried food without oil... is such a thing possible? According to Philips electronics, the answer is yes. Philips recently unveiled their Airfryer at the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin, where we were on hand to check the device out. It’s still early to be making any sweeping statements, but this product could have a huge impact on the developed world’s obesity epidemic.
Philips claims that the Airfryer uses patented Rapid Air technology to circulate hot air around a grill component. The result, we’re told, is “perfect” cooked and crisped french fries, pastries, fish, you name it, with 80 percent less fat than would be present with oil frying. The cooking process takes just 12 minutes.
Using the fryer’s Food Separator accessory, users can fry several foods at once without mixing their flavors – nobody wants their apple fritters tasting like halibut. It also has an air filter, to keep the smells under control. The cooking temperature can be adjusted, up to 200C (392F).
The question, of course, is whether or not food prepared in the Airfryer tastes good. Philips reports a 75 percent approval rate in blind taste tests. We’re hoping to try some air-fried french fries while at IFA and and will report back once we do.
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Sorry, but this removes the wrong nutrient. It\'s the carbohydrates in the potatoes, not the fat in the oil, that is the cause of the obesity epidemic. And its the widespread belief in the untruth of fat danger/ carb safe that is causing the epidemic.
J Storrs Hall
Test it on chicken wings! I want to feel 80% less guilty about making my own KFC!
Meh, tell philips they got nothing new. We\'ve been using similar technology to enjoy fried foods without oil for over 20 years. It\'s basically a convection oven. Here is the one we\'ve used for 20 years and never had any trouble with! http://www.griglioso.com but it\'s italian maybe that\'s why we have it here in Malta
From the Philips team working on the aifryer, I can confirm it airfries delicious chicken wings without the need to add oil.
This, combined with the new salt being designed (spherical instead of cubic, allows the same amount of saltiness with vastly reduced sodium intake), could really help reduce the negative impacts of fast/junk food in the coming years.
The Phillips gadget is old news. See: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WBaURWboAE4
for the Actifryer,already on the market.
This can\'t be new surely. The Tefal Actifry has been out for a while now. We have one and it\'s brilliant for taste and almost no fat.
Does IFA stand for International Fryers Association? I can imagine chicken drumsticks working ok in the machine, but how about battered cod? Can chips really be as good? Imagine slicing a potato, and putting it under the grill.
I did have a plastic gadget that held slices of potato, and you put it in the microwave. It was not wonderful.
As far as the new salt (Aradoth), a sphere has less surface area than a cube, and would therefore appear less salty? Hmmm. Debatable...
I do believe that if you cared to do the research that you find that J Storrs Hall is correct. We are fat not because of fat but because of excessive carbohydrate consumption. So while this is a grand invention (though not new) it will do little to curb diabetes and the trend of overall body composition given a normal human beings normal intake. Use this with a modified macronutient diet (less fat, way less net carbs, more protien) and then you\'re talking about something good!
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