Fried food without oil... is such a thing possible? According to Philips electronics, the answer is yes. Philips recently unveiled their Airfryer at the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin, where we were on hand to check the device out. It’s still early to be making any sweeping statements, but this product could have a huge impact on the developed world’s obesity epidemic.

Philips claims that the Airfryer uses patented Rapid Air technology to circulate hot air around a grill component. The result, we’re told, is “perfect” cooked and crisped french fries, pastries, fish, you name it, with 80 percent less fat than would be present with oil frying. The cooking process takes just 12 minutes.

Using the fryer’s Food Separator accessory, users can fry several foods at once without mixing their flavors – nobody wants their apple fritters tasting like halibut. It also has an air filter, to keep the smells under control. The cooking temperature can be adjusted, up to 200C (392F).

The question, of course, is whether or not food prepared in the Airfryer tastes good. Philips reports a 75 percent approval rate in blind taste tests. We’re hoping to try some air-fried french fries while at IFA and and will report back once we do.

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