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Pay attention, weight watchers, samosa is healthier than a burger

Time and again, several deticians have argued that more than the ingredients in a samosa, it's the oil it is cooked in that causes more harm to the body,

Written by: India TV Lifestyle Desk, New Delhi [ Published on: November 29, 2017 12:36 IST ]
Pay attention, weight watchers, samosa is healthier than a
Pay attention, weight watchers, samosa is healthier than a burger

If you are one of those who has always been concerned about maintaining weight, then there’s definitely a big surprise for you. According to the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) report, a samosa is healthier than a burger. The report mentioned that a samosa may be calorie-dense, but it is free of additives, preservatives and flavourants. It is made of fresh ingredients like refined wheat flour, cumin, boiled potatoes, peas, salt, chilies, spices, vegetable oil or ghee.

Time and again, several deticians have argued that more than the ingredients in a samosa, it's the oil it is cooked in that causes more harm to the body, especially when fried by roadside vendors. Since the vendors repeat the same oil for frying, it gets stale. They also use hydrogenated oil that has transfatty acid, writes Swati Kapoor in an article on practo.com.

On the other hand, a burger has high on preservatives, acidity regulator and emulsifiers. "Fresh food contains none of the chemicals present in ultra-processed food," said the report.

And that's exactly why eating a burger may not be good for your health, as it contains preservatives, acidity regulators and an emulsifier, along with refined wheat flour, sugar, wheat gluten, edible vegetable oil, yeast, salt, soya flour, sesame seeds, vegetables, mayonnaise, cheese, and meat or potato patty.

Similarly, foods like poha or fresh juice were also termed as better by the report, in comparison to noodles and canned juices that comprise thickeners, humectants, permitted synthetic food colours and added flavours.

So, the next time you crave for an evening snack, grab a desi samosa instead of an American burger!

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