Saturday 24 August 2019

Indian meals have enough calories for two people

A typical Indian takeaway is high in fat and salt
A typical Indian takeaway is high in fat and salt

Ed Carty

A typical Indian takeaway meal has enough food for two people, health chiefs have warned.

The Safefood watchdog revealed research on the popular starter, main course and pilau rice dinner can contain far more calories than an adult's total daily requirements.

It also has about twice the recommended maximum level of fat and high levels of salt.

It revealed the nation's favourite Indian courses were chicken tikka masala, chicken korma and chicken jalfrezi.

Research by the University of Ulster also found the average portion of peshwari naan bread contains 748 calories, while an average portion of the tikka masala main course contained 1,249 calories.

Dr Cliodhna Foley-Nolan, director of human health and nutrition with the Safefood group, said the standard Indian takeaway is vastly different from traditional dishes in the sub-continent.

"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," she said.

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

University researchers analysed 280 Indian food samples from 36 outlets in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, with a bigger proportion of takeaways sampled in Dublin and Belfast.

Ruth Price of Ulster University who carried out the research, urged people to eat such foods in moderation.

Irish Independent

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