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Hot Chips Back On The Menu For Healthy Eaters

20 August 2008

Hot Chips Back On The Menu For Healthy Eaters

Delicious hot chips, traditionally a taboo for health conscious New Zealanders, are making their way back into a healthy diet in a new significantly reduced fat form. A unique cooking appliance now allows gym junkies and busy families alike to enjoy these tasty treats at home with only three percent fat.

New Tefal ActiFry is a revolutionary way to make a wide array of food with minimal oil, including seafood, meat and vegetable stir- fries and even desserts. Hot chips for a family of four can be prepared with only one spoon of oil, 100 times less than that used in a traditional deep fryer.

This ground-breaking cooking method is sure to please dietitians watching obesity rates in New Zealand rise. The way meals are prepared is just as important in limiting fat and kilojoule intake as the types of food eaten, and a vital key to controlling a range of major health issues.

The Tefal ActiFry can be used with a variety of heart-friendly oils to ensure that the small amounts of fats that are in the food are polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats essential for a balanced diet.

Nikki Hart, Nutritionist and TV Presenter for her own nutrition TV series ‘Eat Yourself Whole’ and ‘The Fat Chance’, said 65% of children surveyed in the inaugural New Zealand Child Nutrition Survey reported eating deep fried potatoes such as hot chips, french fries and wedges.

“The Tefal ActiFry is a fantastic cooking appliance allowing families to prepare a variety of tasty meals, including crispy hot chips, with less fat. This is a healthy alternative to deep frying,” said Hart. This is especially good news for ‘potato-loving-New Zealanders’ considering that 2008 has been named the ‘International Year of the Potato’ by the United Nations!

“Low saturated fat intake is fundamental for the prevention and management of health conditions such as obesity, heart disease and diabetes,” said Hart
Tefal’s Country Manager Darryl Brown said that 10 years of research by Tefal’s team of cooking technology experts have gone into the development of the ActiFry.

“Our scientists designed an exclusive heat pulse system to create a sharp rise in cooking temperature to make the crust on hot chips form more quickly, resulting in less oil being absorbed. This method is a clever and healthy way to cook all sorts of delicious meals with a reduced fat content,” said Mr Brown.

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ActiFry features include:
• Large capacity – 1kg
• Use any oil you wish
• Suitable for all your favourite meals – chips, chicken, seafood, vegetables, desserts etc
• Use only one spoon of oil for 1kg of crispy chips
• Cool-touch exterior
• Transparent steam-free lid
• Dishwasher-safe removable non-stick bowl, lid and stirring paddle
• 60 minute timer with alert
• No preheating required
• Recipe book and measuring spoon included
• Automated opening/closing of lid
Made in France

Tefal ActiFry is available from retail outlets at a recommended retail price of $399.95.

Note to editors
Tefal is a world leader in non-stick cookware and small electrical appliances, offering a host of stylish, high quality and innovative products designed to simplify everyday tasks in the home. Tefal’s approach is one that evokes ingenuity and pleasure, aimed at people who enjoy the experience of cooking together.


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