For many years now, people are claiming that they witnessed street vendors frying their food in oil with melted plastic, so that they would stay crispy for hours.
Can melting plastic in cooking oil really keep fried food crispy? Is it not dangerous to eat? Here are the truth and facts behind this claim!
The Secret Of Coating Fried Food In Plastic Revealed!
Many people love eating fried foods. We batter all sorts of things and fry them – fish, chicken, pork, bananas, yam, sausages, anchovies… even Oreos, Twinkies and ice-cream! Of course, it’s not healthy to eat them all the time, but we sure love them!
There are many claims of vendors coating their fried food in plastic. How? They allegedly add plastic to the frying oil before frying the delicious foods you love so much.
These claims are usually short and told from the first-person perspective, making it look like your friend (who sent it) actually witnessed it. But when you query the sender, they will say that they were just forwarding what they received from their friends.
Here is a particularly detailed write-up from around 2011. For those who do not understand Malay, “pisang goreng” is fried banana in Malay.
Now, let us debunk this plastic food hoax once and for all! As usual, we will dissect the hoax logically, before checking its scientific viability.
Where Are The Pictures Of Plastic Coated Fried Food?
Ever since the first iPhone was launched in 2007, smartphones have been all the rage. They have also allowed us to snap photos and take video clips of everything that catches our eyes.
Whether it’s the price tag of something we want to buy, or an incident we happen to witness. That’s why the Internet is full of “citizen reporters” posting their pictures and videos on social media.
Yet, none of these claims are ever backed by photos or videos of the perpetrators. So many different claims of fried food vendors adding plastic to their frying oil but not a single photo?
How is that possible? As they say – pictures, or it didn’t happen!
Why Would Anyone Do It Publicly?
The fried food vendors are always described as openly adding plastic straws or bottles to their frying oil, and letting them melt, before they start frying their delicious treats.
Now, put yourself in their shoes, and ask yourself – would you do it in public?
Of course, not! Who in the right mind would be so stupid as to add inedible plastic to their frying oil in full view of their customers?
Who would buy their fried foods after witnessing such a travesty???
Fool Me Twice With Plastic Food?
Many of us have purchased fried treats all our lives. Have you ever witnessed them adding plastic to their frying oil?
We will bet that none of your family and friends have actually seen anyone do it. Neither have you, correct?
Yet, this writer and his uncle have personally seen two vendors in two different locations doing it. Coincidence? I think NOT.
No One Reported The Vendors?
What would YOU do if you witness such an act? Would you just ignore it and go about your business?
Perhaps wait until you are back in the comfort of your home before you write a warning email to their family and friends? Or post about it on social media?
No. Most, if not all, of us would at least snap photos of the vendors and report them to the police and the health authorities. Many of us would probably rebuke the vendors, and demand that they stop doing it immediately!
Why didn’t the writer of that email (who seemed to be, oh, so concerned about our well being) report the vendor he witnessed to the authorities? Why didn’t anyone else who saw it happen, for the matter?
The simple answer is – because it didn’t happen. That’s why there has never been a police report, or even a verified news report about such incidences.
Plastic Stinks When You Melt Or Burn Them
Many of us have accidentally burned or melted plastic. You will recall how they STINK when we melt or burn them.
So you can imagine just how “fragrant” the oil would smell if someone actually melted plastic in it.
Can The Frying Oil Even Melt Plastic Bottles?
The writer claims to have personally witnessed a plastic bottle melting in the frying oil. But is that possible?
Cooking oil and bottled water are stored in plastic bottles made from PET (Polyethylene terephthalate). PET melts at 260°C (500°F).
On the other hand, palm oil (the most common frying oil used for deep frying) has a smoking point of just 232°C / 450°F.
In other words, the cooking oil will break down and start smoking before the plastic bottle even begins to melt!
The only cooking oils that are stable enough above 260°C are refined safflower oil and avocado oil. They are the only cooking oils that are remotely capable of melting PET plastic bottles.
Needless to say, they are both much harder to find and A LOT more expensive than palm oil.
What About Melting Plastic Straws In Frying Oil?
Most drinking straws are made of polypropylene, which has a melting point of 130 to 171 °C (266 to 340 °F). So it is possible to melt them in frying oil.
But guess what – the melted plastic won’t actually dissolve in the oil, which is what most people expect. Instead, it just becomes a misshapen clump of soft plastic, as this video shows :
Chewing On A Soft Dildo
Even if you go to all the trouble and expense of actually melting a plastic bottle in safflower / avocado oil, and successfully coat a banana in the molten plastic, you will end up with an inedible plastic-coated banana.
The plastic coat will be hard to chew on. Try chewing on a plastic bag. If that’s not much fun, then you can imagine how it feels to chew on a plastic-coated banana. You will probably feel like you are chewing on a soft dildo… LOL!
Plastic Coated Food Will Be Waterproof + Last Forever!
Plastic-coated fried foods, if they do actually exist, will be quite easy to spot.
They will be waterproof and won’t spoil even if you leave them in open air for many days.
Plastic Coated Food Cannot Be Digested
Plastic cannot be absorbed or digested by our body. So these fried food coated with plastic, if they do exist, will pass through our gastrointestinal system intact.
If you fry anchovies and coat them with plastic, they will pass out in your stool in pristine condition! 😀
The only danger of swallowing these plastic-coated food items is that they may cause intestinal obstruction. That’s why turtles die when they chew on plastic bags.
So if you think eating plastic is bad for human beings, stop using plastic bags and stop throwing them into the sea, because guess what – eating plastic is bad for fishes and turtles too!
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