Thursday 22 August 2019

Back away from the takeaway! New research reveals the average Indian can measure a whopping 2,000 calories

The average portion of Tikka Masala can measure up to 1,249 calories
The average portion of Tikka Masala can measure up to 1,249 calories

Patricia Murphy

You might want to think again before putting a call into your local Indian as new Irish research has revealed the average takeaway portion is enough to feed two people.

Research carried out by SafeFood found that a typical Indian consisting of a starter and a main course with pilau rice falls far beyond the recommended calorie intake.

In fact, just one portion of Peshwari Naan bread contains 748 calories, while a takeaway portion of Chicken Tikka contains an average of 1,249 calories.

The study, carried out by a team at Ulster University found that the top three most popular Indian dishes are Chicken Tikka Masala, Chicken Korma and Chicken Jalfrezi.

The aim of the research was to encourage Irish people to make more informed choices when it comes to ordering takeaways.

Dr Cliodhna Foley-Nolan, Director Human Health & Nutrition with Safefood said “While traditional meals in India are low in fat, high in fibre and rich in fruit and vegetables, chefs here have adapted their recipes to suit local tastebuds favouring foods high in fat and salt and serving bigger portions.

“These dishes have become very popular, but the Indian dishes tested in this survey were less than healthy.”

Along with the calories, researchers also found that the average takeaway contains twice the recommended daily salt intake in just one meal.

Ruth Price of Ulster University who carried out the research said: “Information and education are key to good nutrition and helping people to make the best possible choices when it comes to food.

“Our advice is not that consumers should avoid these takeaway foods, but rather consider consuming them less often and in moderation, by either choosing smaller portions, sharing portions or limiting the added extras such as starters and side orders.”

When surveyed 33pc of Irish people admitted that they eat one portion of Indian themselves, despite the fact that it contains enough calories for two people.

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