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Safety Concerns: Do Air Fryers Give Off Radiation?
Today’s post will explore the question, do air fryers give off radiation? If this is something you been trying to figure out in regards to the safety of your device this post will be for you. Kitchen appliance safety is a huge factor for everyone that likes to doubly new technologies in the kitchen.
The ugly truth is that you can’t get honey without bees. So, as follows as the air fryer may seem to many there are a few cons that comes along with the device. But is radiation one of them? Let’s find out.
What Is An Air Fryer And Why Do You Need One?
An air fryer allows you to get crispy fries and other foods using just air. It swirls around scorching hot air in a cooking chamber to fry food. This is done by a chemical reaction known as Maillard reaction. This is essentially a chemical reaction between the amino acid and sugars in your food.
If you love fried foods then you would know that the look of it makes it taste better. Not literally, of course but that golden brown exterior makes it a more satisfying bite. This color is solely as a result of the reaction we were discussing before. Think of it as caramelizing shown for savory foods.
Unlike deep frying, that cooks your food by surrounding them with oil, the air fryer uses the hot air to trigger cooking from the exterior to the interior. It carried out by use of a heating coil, that’s often at the bottom of your fryer. And I find that generally at the top the fryer. The heating coil generates heat. The fan circulates this heat, and in some cases oil around the food that your cooking. Most recipes however add about a tablespoon or less of oil. This is enough to give you the crispy texture you love.
Can The Air Fryer Give Me Cancer?
This is a top question to answer. In order to get close to a definitive answer to this we need to explore what cancer is and what causes it. Cancer occurs typically due to gene mutation on that causes unnatural growth in the cells of various organs. Though the exact cause of cancer is not defined in many cases, it has been proven that you stand and increased risk of developing cancer if exposed to various substances. The most common of which in the household is radiation.
Do Air Fryers Give Off Radiation?
One of the most common carcinogens known to man is radiation. Many people know that x-rays utilize high energy radiation, known as gamma radiation, to execute his duties. What many people don’t realize, however is that many kitchen appliances give off a similar type of radiation. This radiation may not be high enough to cause damage after individual uses however long-term exposure can cause harm. And evenly to cancer.
So, Do Our Air Fryers Give Off Radiation?
The simple answer to this question is no. The air fryer cooks by circulating air not by producing radiation waves. The main purpose of the air fryer is the fryer food not to reheat. The appliances that give off radiation on is mostly the one used for reheating purposes, for example, the microwave.
How Do Microwaves Work?
The microwave is a kitchen appliance used for reheating food. It uses an entirely different technology in an air fryer does. While the air fryer circulates out here to heat and cook your food, the microwave uses electromagnetic radiation waves.
The microwave produces electromagnetic waves that cause the small particles in your food to vibrate. This vibration causes friction which in turn causes heat. This means that your microwave heats the actual food directly and not whatever container you’ve placed the food in. This is not to say the container won’t be hot however as the sections of the plate that the food is directly touching may become hot. It does mean however that your hard plastic containers will not melt.
These radiation waves cannot provide crispy foods, so the microwave cannot do what the air fryer does.
Can’t I Just Use My Air Fryer Instead Of A Microwave?
Again, this is a double barreled question. As we discussed in the previous sections of microwaves main job is reheating food. The job of the air fryer is to cook or fry foods from scratch. Can the air fryer reheat foods? Yes it can. However, it would take a significantly longer time for it to do so than your microwave.
If you recall how the air fryer works from last sections, you would remember that the air fryer cooks the food from the outside inwards. This means that the air fryer would need a longer time to heat the outside of your food then slowly work its way inward. If you should run the air fryer for the same short amount of time you would give your microwave, you run the whisk of your food not being heated through properly. You would also be using more electricity to do so.
So, can you use your air fryer set up a microwave? Sure, but after weighing the pros and cons it may not be wise if you’re seeking a quick meal.
What Is The Best Way To Reheat Food In An Air Fryer?
There are a few times, however when using the air fryer for reheating your food is appropriate. These include when reheating anything that you want to maintain a crispy texture. So, for you foods that were already fried such as your chicken wings, French fries, pizza or other crispy snacks. To do so, simply:
- Start your air fryer off at a low heat (about 350°F). Your air fryer will become very hot quickly so you want to start your reheating process while sitting at room temperature.
- Next, you will need to determine how long to reheat your food for. There is not a set time for specific foods as this will depend largely on the amount of food you are reheating, the type of food your reheating, and your air fryer model. So be sure to play around with different time settings to figure out what is best for your food. And check on it frequently.
Though air fryers do not give off radiation waves, there are a few limitations that you need to be aware of before making your purchase. I sincerely hope the information presented today it was helpful to you and that you are able to find the answers you are seeking.