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It's easy to think opting for sweet potato over regular fries is automatically a more nutritious move. And while it's true that sweets offer some extra health benefits over white taters like beta carotene and vitamin A, frying is more often than not bad news.
One of the biggest issues is the temperature of the oil as a fried food cooks: Not hot enough, and your food absorbs excess oil, leading to extra calories and fat on your plate. Your batter or breading could also absorb extra oil, not to mention certain oils are more nutritious than others to begin with. Frying does come in varying levels of unhealthfulness, but even the healthiest frying oil is something to enjoy in moderation. Pick peanut, soybean, or canola oil, and use a fry thermometer while cooking for the healthiest possible outcome, according to Cooking Light.
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