A recent study revealed that fatty foods do not only affect our health and weight, but the weather might also have to suffer because of it. A team of researchers from several universities in the UK discovered that, whenever cooking fat ends up in the atmosphere, it forms a series of compounds which gather moisture. Afterwards, these compounds develop into clouds.
Cooking fat influences cloud formation
Researchers have discovered that cooking fat contributes to the formation of 10 percent of all particles in the air near London. Therefore, they decided to delve into the problem more, and see how rainy weather and cloud formation is influenced by frying foods. They assume this might contribute to a global cooling effect, and reduce global warming.
Researchers think that cooking fat can really influence the deposits of water accumulated in atmospheric droplets. They also influence the chemical reactions occurring in these droplets, and might be slowing down the transport of water inside of them. Therefore, Dr. Christian Pfrang, one of the authors of the study, thinks cloud formation is influenced by cooking and frying.
“We’re not saying that becoming a healthier eater could have an impact on climate, but fat does seem to encourage cloud formation.”
Fatty foods might contribute to a global cooling effect
To test these hypothesis, researchers first looked at how cooking fat behaved in the lab. The molecules arranged into a crystal formation which absorbed water from the air. Also, since the fat atoms are kept together in a stable structure, it’s easier for them to form clouds. The next step in the experiment is to see how the cooking fat droplets act while in the atmosphere.
Therefore, cooking fatty foods might turn out beneficial for the environment. These droplets of fatty acids get transported in the atmosphere through windows or fans. Once they get there, the quantity of fats influences the consistence of the clouds, and how dense they are. The study has been published in the journal Nature Communications.
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