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    Fried foods.

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    Fried Chicken, Fried fish, and others. Are they acceptable?

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    It depends on what you use to coat the meat with before frying. I've seen Paleo versions using coconut flour.

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    ...and what fat source you're using for your frying
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    What they said... It depends.

    If you fry it yourself in something reasonable, then yes.

    If it's from a fast-food joint... probably not so good.

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    Yep. They're going to use unhealthy oils. Plus, if you're gluten sensitive, even if you get something like french fries, there's a good chance they've fried something else in the oil that had breading.

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    Good advice above. Avoid fried when you are out.

    At home, you can fry using good oil such a coconut oil or lard. For coatings there are some ground nut coatings as well as coconut flour that work. Check out the Primal and Paleo cookbooks. I often saute' at lower temperatures without any coating. Alternatively, For most meats you can use a very hot pan sear in your cast iron pan, for about five minutes, then straight into a very hot oven (450 F) for 5-10 minutes to finish cooking. Use a high smoke point oil for this! It makes a great salmon fillet, but works for almost any red meat chop or steak as well.

    Oven frying of veg also works -- makes good sweet potatos -- slice, coat in oil and spread on parchment paper on a cookie sheet. Cook at 450 F for 10 - 20 minutes, depending on veg and size of pieces. Turn once. You can also finish with the broiler for good browning.

    Enjoy your homemade fried foods!
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    Frying in duck fat or lard or tallow without a coat of flour, not so bad.

    Frying in vege oil with a thick coat of batter, very bad.

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    Ok, so coconut oil and duck fat. What else (to replace veg oil)?

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    Palm oil, pork fat, beef fat, lamb fat, olive oil (for lower temp cooking)

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    McDonalds fried everything in 90% beef tallow (not sure what the remainder was) until they got "healthy" and changed that to vegetable oil in 1990. Tallow is the most heat stable natural fat and best for deep frying because of that.

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