Almost everyone is jumping on the air frying bandwagon this year.
This Kitchen equipment which has been around since 2010 is gaining popularity by Kenyans who are looking to eat healthily and have guilt-free meals.
However, with its growing popularity, many people are wondering if air fryers are truly a healthy option.
Alice Achieng Ojwang a registered nutritionist and dietician, and a lecturer at the Technical University of Kenya is not convinced and wouldn’t go ahead and invest in one.
“Manufacturers promise us tasty food, with minimal fat, some claiming up to 90 per cent less fat because you don’t have to use any oil. I believe nothing is 100 per cent healthy,” she told the Star on Wednesday.
"People need to understand the technology behind the device they use before they buy it."
Scientists say that there is a similarity between oven baking and air frying because, in both, hot air is used.
How does it work?
Once you put the food you want to fry in the slide-out basket of the square or egg-shaped device.
A fan pushes heated air around the food. Just like the way a convection oven operates.
The circulating air of up to 400 degrees, depending on the brand, cooks the outside of the food first.
This then creates the crisp on the outside keeping the inside soft. Just like deep-fried foods.
Chicken, vegetables, fries, fish, cheese and doughnuts are some of the foods that can be air fried.
Some also offer baking settings.