‘Idli’s and ‘Dosa’s come out winners!

According to this news article, a new research concludes that the ‘bathura’s and the ‘paratha’s are more bad for you than the French fries.

*The trans-fatty acids (hydrogenated oils and fats) in French fries (per 100 gm) is 4.2%-6.1%, it is 9.5% in bhatura, 7.8% in paratha and 7.6% each in puri and tikkis.

The findings reveal that the presence of trans-fatty acids in Indian food such as bhatura, paratha, is much higher than the quint-essential “junk” foods and apparently pose a risk for development of diabetes and coronary heart disease in the early 20s and 30s. The good news, however, is that the South Indian snacks of idli-dosa have won hands down in the ‘fat-battle’. They find the protein and carbohydrates, while a morning breakfast of idli-sambar-chiku and coffee had 9.3% protein content in it, the dosa-chutney-papaya-tea had 6.7% proteins.

Doctors, nutritionists and dietitians spelt out the urgent need to ban food with trans-fat content specially because India is home to the highest number of diabetics.

“French fries and dishes made of hydrogenated fat (upto 45% of fat), baked items (biscuits, rusks upto 30% and margarine (upto 15%) are rich in industrial sources of trans-fats,” said B Sivakumar, former director of National Institute of Nutrition, Hyderabad. But health experts were unanimous on one count. Ban the vanaspati, which has high TFA content.

A couple of years ago when my father-in-law had a by-pass operation, my husband noticed that a lot of people in their 30s and 40s were there for bypass surgeries as well. And a lot of them, apparently, were not obese, did not look unhealthy, and you would have never guessed that their arteries were clogged! And there is no need to wonder at the no. of diabetic Indians. Diabetes, while it is taken for granted, is a killer disease. Anyway, so my advice? Stick to idlis and dosas. 😛


13 Responses to “‘Idli’s and ‘Dosa’s come out winners!”

  1. Chitra: Not reading article because “Ignorance is bliss” :-)

    On a more serious note… today’s fast food culture is quickly making us walking time bombs..

    P.S: How about vadas?

  2. LOL Vijay. Yes, sometimes I like to be that bird with its head in the sand especially when it comes to some of the ways our country. Sigh!! Will come back and read. :)

    Vadas, your guess is as good as mine. :)

  3. Now, I can eat idlis and dosas without guilt :-).

    Now some Desi company should launch a “south indian diet” scheme and try to popularize it in the US. (on the lines of south beach, atkins, north zone, blah etc.)

  4. good information but taste buds are also needs something to cruch their thirst. as vijay says ignorance is bliss but better be informed and take care still u can eat and do ur best to burn the calories. vadas??? nice vijay ignorance is bliss eat vada sambar vada pav etc etc.,

    yes diabetes is a killer disease silent killer

  5. Idlis are fine. But the Dosa and Masala Dosa you get at restaurants are filled with ghee/fat.

  6. homemade parathas and dosas im sure are much more healthier… and other great desi options include poha, idlis and kulchas…

    but my favourite remains really cold, skimmed dark choc milk with post’s banana nut crunch cereal :-) cheers

  7. DOSAS…. yummy and healthy… :)

  8. I do ! ( for the last sentence). Amen !

  9. I know of people who think Idlis are fattening…I’ve been telling them to look into the number of idlis they devour , or the side-dishes that they enjoy those idlis with.

  10. may be it’s because the batura makers boil their oil to death?!?!

  11. What follows is based on research(published)(and my own experiments), trials by friends (with diabetes and /or CAD).

    A good diet generally should have a fair amount of fibre, soluble and insoluble.The food should be somewhat slow digesting to avoid sugar spikes. Most rice or poha/ maida based stuff are NOT ok. Iddlies,dosas and such things,as generally made, contain too much rice. White bread or brown bread, kulcha etc are not good . Vadas, poories, bhature etc are ok as rare treats, too many calories, and the oil is heated to a high degree. Unheated oils or certain oils which can take heat without serious molecular damage(eg peanut oil) are fine. You can use E V olive oil, sesame oil, mustard oil etc but cook on low heat. There are good/bad choices in our food. Do Research, experiment and decide! To begin with look for recipes with whole grains and high fibre!

  12. Idlis/Dosas are absolutely bad for diabetes & I am speaking from my own experience. I am not sure if the author verified the assumptions by taking diligent glucometer readings after eating idlis & dosas. This is the 2nd time I am having gestational diabetes. First time, I was not aware of rice alternatives, my blood sugar was never under control. This time, I am more aware & informed. I try to avoid white rice/rice based dishes. I eat rotis, brown rice & quinoa + lots of veggies. My sugar is well under control. Occasionally I indulge in my favourite food – idli & then everything goes haywire. Just 2 idlis are enough to cause a spike in my blood sugar level.

    No wonder India is the diabetes capital – not only do we have food that is bad but we continue to believe & tout the bad food as a “healthy option”.

    Ofcourse, please note, idlis maybe good for those with high cholesterol/heart disease. But really bad for diabetes. If you have both high cholesterol & diabetes – which most people do – then things do get very tricky & confusing!

  13. Forgot to add – idlis don’t have much fibre – high fibre diet seems to work like magic – atleast for me. Say channa or any bean variety, brown rice, fibrous veggies, oatmeal etc.

    When you eat idlis – there is nothing to chew – no fibre – it is so easy to eat – it seems have very fast releasing sugar – not good!

    And trust me, I love idlis – I am someone who could in the past eat it for breakfast, lunch & dinner day after day with great relish. However the harsh facts, based on my active monitoring of blood sugar don’t really support the cravings of my tastebuds!

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