Food Diary (January 30, 2012)
Breakfast: Sausage and bacon with bread
Lunch: Kokoda, potatoes and black beans
Dinner: Sautéed brussel sprouts with polenta
Baking/sweets: No bake chocolate oat squares
Kokoda, pronounced kokonda, is the Fijian version of a ceviche. The main difference between kokodaand other similar raw fish dishes is that kokodahas coconut milk. Kokoda, usually served as a starter, is very refreshing and fresh tasting, with a good hit coming from the chilies.Itis typically served during summer, since it is always summer in Fiji. It is also great on a cold winter day, as long as you are sitting in your warm house! The recipe is available here.
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Eating fried food may not be bad for the heart, as long as you use olive or sunflower oil to make it, experts say.
The Autonomous University of Madrid did a large survey covering 40,757 adults. The participants were asked about what types of food they ate in a typical week and how that food was prepared and cooked. None of the adults had any sign of heart disease at the start of the 11-year study, but by the end of it 606 heart disease events and 1,134 deaths had occurred. When the researchers looked at these heart events in detail, they could find no link with fried food in the diet. This, they believe, is down to the type of oil the food is cooked in.
Before you get too excited, the study was conducted in Spain. The Mediterranean diet differs, it is comprised of high-fibre fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as fresh fish. When combined with the Mediterranean diet, food deep fried in olive or sunflower oil was not found to be detrimental. It may not be the case in other countries where the diets are unhealthy to start with. Regardless of the cooking methods used, consuming foods with high fat content means a high calorie intake. This can lead to weight gain and obesity, which is a risk factor for heart disease.
It seems the moral of the story is that it is OK to eat deep fried food, fried in healthy oils, as long as your diet is healthy.