The Not-so Healthy Indian Snacks that are Damaging your Health

By:Vasudha Bhat, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Jul 29, 2014

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You may find it wrong to eat unhealthy fries and burgers when you are out on a picnic with your family. But, when at home, you would leisurely hog samosas. So, why this discrimination? Indians fast foods are just as unhealthy.
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    Stop the Discrimination

    French fries, burgers, and pizzas are a big NO NO in Indian households when it comes to maintaining a healthy cholesterol level and staying in shape. However, all this stands null and void when it comes to eating boxes after boxes of sweets during festivals or hogging street foods. Besides ignoring the health factor time and again, Indian households have been welcoming these high-on-cholesterol devils, putting the entire family at a risk. So, here is a list of such unhealthy Indian fast foods which satisfy your tongue but create havoc for rest of the body.

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    Pakora along with some refreshing tea is a popular evening snack, one that is especially devoured during monsoons in Indian households. However, while the entire family rejoices the taste, their body witnesses an increase in the bad cholesterol level and a decrease in the good cholesterol level, giving birth to obesity.

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    A birthday party, an evening snack at office, or a religious get together at home, Indians never need an excuse to put a samosa in their mouth. Each piece of samosa that is deep fried in oil contains about 25g of fat which is as much as a big slab of butter.

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    Chhole Bhature

    Each one of us knows that small shop in our locality that sells mouthwatering cholla bhatura. But, did you know that the delicious snack is high on saturated fats and calories. A plate containing 2 bhaturas and a bowl of chhola contains 1200 calories and 50 grams of fat. You may also experience acidity and a burning sensation in the heart after having this delicacy straight from the state of Punjab.

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    Acidity, obesity and coronary diseases: these are the long-term problems that are caused by this tasty monster.

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    A packet of aloo bhujia is one of the favourite pass times for Indians of all age groups. But, were you aware of the fact that the amount of preservatives used during the packaging of Bhujia can increase the cholesterol level? Also, it puts you at a risk of an increased blood pressure and sugar level in the body.

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    Potato Cutlet

    Your kid may simply love it when you pack a couple of those cutlets for their lunch. But, this packet ful of happiness increases the level of unwanted starch and carbohydrates in the body.

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    The dish hails straight from the southern region of the country and has taken over the market and your hearts. There are many people who consider vada to be healthy. But, they surely forget the fact that these adorable looking rings are deep fried in an oil ocean.

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    Pani Puri

    Irrespective of what strata of the society you hail from, what gender you are or which age bar you fall under, pani puri is and will always remain your weakness if you are an Indian. But, this weakness can cost you a lot. These deep fried puris are completely unhealthy and the chutney you just can’t do without can give you constipation.

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    The combination of milk and jalebi is popular in many cultures. But these spiral-shaped sweets can damage your health enormously. They are deep fried and then soaked in sugar syrup causing your cholesterol levels to shoot up dramatically.

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    All our festivals remain incomplete till we hog over sweets and amongst these, ghujiya remains a hit in almost all households. But, let’s not ignore the fact that the deep fried ghujiyas contain starch and other fatty items which makes a burger without cheese a better option on any given day.

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