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June 20, 2023

Doctor addresses warnings over ‘toxic’ air fryers: ‘You’ll be fine’

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Air fryers have become a staple in many kitchens around the world over the past few years, so the thought they could be damaging our health could indeed strike fear into some avid users.

However, as with most things doing the rounds on social media, a doctor has said not to take the latest warnings over “toxic” air fryers too seriously.

In response to a video on TikTok, in which a person claimed they had found out “air fryers were toxic because of the material used”, UK doctor Karan Raj decided to share his thoughts.

Watch the clip above.

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Dr Karan Raj addresses ‘toxic’ claims surrounding air fryers. (TikTok)

“The biggest worry from fear mongers centres around the non-stick materials used, also known as forever chemicals,” he said in a clip that’s been viewed over a million times.

‘Forever chemicals’ have the name because they don’t break down in the environment or in our bodies. Also known as PFAS, they are resistant to water, grease, and heat and are found in a range of everyday products including food packaging, clothing, cosmetics, and toilet paper.

“Fun fact, every time you sit down to eat microplastics fall from the air and land in your food, or are already part of your food,” he continued.

The issue of ‘toxic’ chemicals leeching into your food from cooking in an air fryer ”is only really an issue if the air fryer is damaged”, Dr Raj explained.

“As long as you don’t plan on eating the lining of your air fryer you will be fine.”

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The non-stick coating in air fryers can contain toxic chemicals. (iStock)

You should try and minimise how much damage and scratching there is to the non-stick coating of your fryer so the chemicals don’t get into your food.

“Clean it safely, avoid using abrasive scrubbing tools, use wood or silicone utensils and use liners,” he said.

“And if you’re really worried about the non-stick coating, you can use a ceramic or stainless steel air fryer.”

In the comments, his followers thanked him for the explanation. “Some people will trust anyone EXCEPT actual Doctors,” one person mused.

Dr Raj then went on to ask his followers what their favourite meal to cook in an air fyer was, adding, “Air fried chips just taste special”.

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