The doughnut’s doppelganger: the dreaded medu wada

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One of the most popular breakfast and mid-day snacking dishes in India is the medu wada, which is a savoury circular dish, which closely resembles a doughnut. Just like the donut, the medu wada is also deep-fried and regular consumption of this dish can lead to weight gain and other health-related issues. So what is it that makes this popular snack so unhealthy?

Fats: Over 60% of the calories in a medu wada come from fats, all of which come from refined and unhealthy oils that are used to deep fry this dish. This oil is reused multiple times and is heated beyond its smoking point, making it extremely unhealthy.

Carbohydrates: While carbohydrates aren’t necessarily bad for you, it is the refined carbs that you need to stay away from. With a fiber content of just 3 grams, this dish has the potential to put your insulin levels on a rollercoaster ride.

Protein: A mere 12% of the calories in this dish comprises protein, which if you are a fitness enthusiast, is one of the most important macronutrients. If you are on a weight loss program or are looking to get into shape, then you should stay away from this dish. 

There are far healthier snacking options available in the market that you can opt for such as protein bars, protein cookies, whole eggs, that will not just keep you feeling satiated longer, but are good for you. 

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