Falafel is a middle-east dish which is a patty made up of chickpeas, herbs, spices, onion, and dough. Although, it can be a side-alone dish, but it’s usually served along with a flat bread. The dish is quite popular among vegans.
Falafel is packed with a variety of nutritional elements. It is rich in fiber and protein, which makes it a healthy snack option.
Since, it is high in fiber and plant based protein, it helps you remain full for long if you consume it in breakfast.
It’s seen that protein and fiber reduce the production of hunger hormones such as ghrelin, while increasing the production of fullness hormones like cholecystokinin and glucagon-like peptide-1.
The protein and fiber present in it may also help curb your appetite, support healthy blood sugar, and lower your risk of chronic disease.
However, many people consider it a unhealthy option. And, the reason for its bad reputation is the oil content. Traditionally, Falafel is deep fried in oil, thus it is high in fat and calories. High fats and calorie consumption can increase risk of heart diseases, making it a not-so-healthy option despite its nutritional values.
So, should we stop consuming it?
You certainly can make it a healthier option by preparing it at home.
Instead of deep-frying it, you can choose to bake it in oven. It will help keep the nutrients intact, while reducing the amount of fats and calories. Thus, making it healthy for consumption.