If you've been eating bland, boiled broccoli on the regular, brace yourself. I have amazing news.
While this method of cooking certainly increases calories and fat content, it also apparently adds phenolic compounds, which have antioxidant properties. In other words, deep-fried vegetables could actually be good for your health.
Skeptical? Researchers tried a number of different cooking methods on several vegetables.
Their vegetables of choice were tomatoes, eggplants, pumpkins and potatoes. Researchers then prepared the vegetables by deep-frying them, sautéing them, boiling them in water and boiling them in a water and olive oil mixture.
In terms of added health benefits, the winners were the vegetables deep-fried in extra virgin olive oil.
While more research needs to be conducted before we all start deep-frying every vegetable in sight, it's good to know fried foods can be somewhat healthy. After all, I'm a huge fan of all things fried, from deep-fried cake batter to deep-fried tequila. (OK fine, that one sounds pretty gross.)
If deep-frying your veggies still doesn't make you want to eat them, don't give up hope! You can also sneak vegetables into a number of delicious foods like muffins, waffles and grilled cheese, to name a few.
Well, I know what I'm making for dinner tonight.
Citations: YES! DEEP-FRYING VEGETABLES MAKES THEM MORE NUTRITIOUS (Popular Science), Phenols and the antioxidant capacity of Mediterranean vegetables prepared with extra virgin olive oil using different domestic cooking techniques (ScienceDirect)