National Greasy Foods Day is the feel good holiday that comes every October 25. It’s state fair season: time to fire up the frying oil, chop the potatoes, and break out the napkins. On October 25, you don’t have to feel guilty about eating greasy foods, because you’re are actually encouraged to!
History of National Greasy Foods Day
No one does greasy foods like the U.S.A. Though these foods shouldn’t be eaten on a day to day basis, it doesn’t hurt to indulge every once in a while.
From southern cooking, to soul food, to state fair favorites, greasy foods hold a special place in our hearts and, when eaten excessively, our arteries.
These addictive fan favorites are made greasy by the amount of oil, butter, or fat clinging to them even after the cooking process.
Though our cheaper and more affordable foods today tend to be coated in greasy goodness, this wasn’t always the case. In the mid 1800s, since meat was an expensive luxury, getting a fatty piece of anything was rare.
At this time, people mostly cooked their meats in a stew in order to preserve whatever fats they could. If spit-roasted, they used foods like Yorkshire Puddings to place beneath the roast so no fats would go to waste.
Without a fat, it’s difficult for your body to absorb vitamins A, D, E, and K, and a diet without fats can leave the body feeling hungry even after a meal.
So greasy foods are actually good for you…in moderation. Switching out butters for healthy oils is a good way to ensure you’re still getting the fat you need to keep your body functioning, but that doesn’t mean you have to give up pizza permanently. Eating greasy foods in moderation doesn’t hurt, but it’s National Greasy Foods Day! You can go back to mindful eating tomorrow.