I love deep fried foods – french fries, nuggets, gobi fry etc. Name any deep fried food, home made or otherwise, and I am in for it, it tastes so good and when it is hot and crispy, water starts filling in my mouth. And there is this guy who knows my love for deep fried foods and starts his lectures, “deep fried foods aren’t good for health. They have high calorie content, and blah blah blah!”. I always refused to believe/ accept the truth but then it seems like there’s more truth to the facts.
1) I think this point might not be applicable for home made fried items provided the oil is changed after each frying. Who does that anyway! In case of street foods, I am sure that the food is deep fried in oil that is used for days at a go until maybe it turns dark black. Oil naturally has high saturated fat. When the oil is heated multiple times, the trans-fatty acid content in the food increases. These trans fatty acids enter the blood stream, clogging arteries, leading to cancers, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and many chronic diseases.
2) Not something new, a known fact, Indian snacks are very very dense (148-603kcal/100g) in calories and trans-fat varies from 0.1 to 19.8g/100g.
3) Street foods are fried at high temperatures, for quick frying, to produce large quantities. We usually see smokes from the oil. Free radicals present causes cancer.
4) Who doesn’t love food that have a yummy cover of maida? Maida has a high glycemic index, that spikes blood sugar, and promotes fat storage, besides increasing risk of diabetes & heart disease.
5) To increase shelf life, and flavour, street foods are loaded with salt (one chicken burger or one small french fries pack can contain more than 1000 milligrams of sodium). This high consumption of salt can lead to hypertension and to water retention.
6) How clean do you think street food is? From sweat to other bodily fluids, you really can’t be sure what is reaching your plates. The unhygienic handling of street foods , use of unsafe water and exposure to street pollution, are just few of the things that increases the number of bacteria in the plate.
Are you still willing to take a risk