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Falafel… How much caloric is it? How does it turn into a toxic food?

– Falafel consists primarily of a mixture of chickpeas and beans.
– It is rich in vegetable proteins and fibers, and is initially low in fat (i.e. before frying) and contains complex carbohydrates.
– Falafel is a good source of vitamins, such as vitamin B6, and minerals, such as iron, phosphorus, calcium and magnesium.
– Each piece of fried Falafel contains around 55 calories.

Knowing that Falafel is a healthy food, what happens when you buy it fried?

– Oil used in frying Falafel is subjected to very high temperatures. In addition, the high frequency of frying operations leads to its oxidation. Therefore, such oil becomes harmful to health in general and to the heart and arteries in particular.
– The crumbs and remnants of fried Falafel, which often lie in the bottom of the frying pan and which are exposed to an additional number – and sometimes unlimited – of frying operations, turn into toxic substances that contribute to the oxidation of oil as well as the oxidation of the raw Falafel pieces when placed in the pan.

For these reasons, it is recommended to follow these guidelines:

– Choose a Falafel shop where oil color is relatively light and not dark. The more often the frying process is repeated and oil is exposed to high temperatures, the darker it becomes.
– Ask the shop owner to start the frying process in front of you instead of re-frying Falafel pieces that were fried beforehand and which are often placed on the edge of the pan.
– Buy raw Falafel dough from the shop owner. This has become common practice in most Falafel shops. Thus, you can fry them at home using fresh and clean oil or put them in the oven so that you enjoy a purely healthy food… and Alf Sahtein!

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